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Best Content of the Week

Strength Training vs. Real-World Scenarios -- Lee Boyce, leeboycetraining.com

Strength training programs will vary, but most trainers agree on the importance of the big lifts—squats, deadlifts, presses. Walk into any gym and you'll see the evidence.

Except most of us probably can't walk into any gym right now. And without gyms, we don't have access to the heavy equipment we need to perform those big lifts.

Which gives us a once-in-a-lifetime chance to question our assumptions. Are these fundamental exercises as important as we think? Do they actually prepare us for the moments in life when we need to express strength?

— Dani Singer

Best Article

Why Fitness Is Not Essential in America -- Kevin Mullins, drjohnrusin.com

COVID-19 hit the fitness industry like a meteor, one that threatens our very existence. Ironically, state and local governments declared gyms "nonessential" at a moment when physical resilience is literally a matter of life and death. And that makes Kevin Mullins angry. Mullins, a frequent PTDC contributor, says we need to do a better job of making fitness essential. He offers a roadmap for how we can do it, and how to improve our profession and public health in the process.

— Shane McLean

Best Video

Sleep: The Only True "Cure-All" for Health and Performance -- Brandon Marcello, NSCA

This hour-long presentation from last year's NSCA Tactical Annual Training is anything but a snooze-fest. Brandon Marcello is a dynamic speaker who makes the science of sleep a lot more engaging than you'd expect. He explains why it's important and what happens when we don't get enough, and recommends a few sleep trackers that aren't terrible.

— Esther Avant

Best Podcast

Building Around What Won't Change -- Pat Rigsby, The Fitness Business School

Pat Rigsby offers a concise, salient reminder to focus on what won't change. To employ foundational, low-tech outreach before adding fancy tech and tools. To key in on the unwavering needs of clients. To coach them, to give them accountability, to help them improve, and to make all those things convenient. Most of all, we need to make them feel important.

— Mike Howard

More Great Fitness Content 

The Power of the Pelvic Floor -- Sarah Smith and Tim Anderson, Original Strength BodCast

Lift as You Rise -- Michelle Boland and Adam Willis, The Empowered Body Podcast

One-Month Beginner Push-Up Program -- BarBend

Why "Positive Vibes Only" Won't Make You Emotionally Strong -- Jade Wu and Susan David, The Savvy Psychologist

Guilt vs. Shame -- Jeb Stuart Johnston