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[Article] Act Three of Your Own Success Story — Dean Somerset, deansomerset.com
Do you now the history of the four-minute mile?
For a century, some of the world’s most celebrated athletes had steadily lowered the record for the mile run. They inched closer and closer to the four-minute mile, but they always stopped just short. Many believed it was physically impossible to run a mile in less than four minutes.
That changed on May 6, 1954, when Roger Bannister ran it in three minutes and 59.4 seconds, breaking the world record by two seconds.
What’s even more remarkable is what happened next. On June 21, 1954, just six weeks after Bannister’s seemingly superhuman achievement, John Landy became the second person to run a sub-four-minute mile. A year later, three more joined the club.
The lesson here goes far beyond running.
Sometimes, in our lowest moments, we just need to know that success is possible, that someone out there has experienced a similar challenge and made it through to the other side. Knowing it’s been done seems to expand our sense of our own potential.
That’s the gift Dean Somerset offers this week when he recounts the monumental challenges he faced during the 2008 economic crisis. If you’re struggling right now, and wondering how you’ll ever put the pieces back together, you really need to read his story.
— Dani Singer
How to Retain Gains and Lose Fat in Crazy Times — Sohee Lee, T Nation
There’s been a lot of talk about how to pursue your pre-pandemic goals while you’re locked out of your gym, or whether you should even try. Sohee Lee tackles those questions with actionable, research-backed advice, offering reassurance for those worried about losing the strength and muscle they’ve worked so hard to build.
— Shane McLean
Have You Been Lunging Correctly? — Kelly Starrett, The Ready State
With body-weight workouts being all the rage right now (by default, if you weren’t quick enough to get your share of the strategic dumbbell reserve before it disappeared), this is the perfect time for a refresher course on the lunge. In this week’s top video, Kelly Starrett explains why so many of us prefer reverse lunges to other variations, what it says about our mobility, and what to do about it.
— Esther Avant
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I know this may seem like heresy but one thing that does not move the needle much for me anymore are the endless debates about exercises & training modalities I see online. My CPA laughed when I asked him if accountants get online to endlessly debate software, best practices etc. I then asked a buddy who spent 20+ years in the military if he made it a point to regularly seek out arguments about the "best" way to load their weapon. You know what he told me? That while, of course, they always sought ways to improve tactical strategy the real foundation of anything they did was improved communication. There comes a time in any field where you have to expand & evolve your skillset. There’s so much more to the performance field than sets, reps, exercises & sport science. You manage PEOPLE at the end of the day. Steve Jobs didn't just make computers his entire life. He played a wide variety of roles. Yet as coaches, it’s as if many just want to die broken on the training floor so they can prove they are the “real deal.” Who are you really trying to prove things to? How can a field so obsessed w/ adaptation become so stagnant in how they adapt professionally? Here's the truth. With training, things change to a degree, but sound principles remain the same. The real reason many coaches continue to debate this stuff to no end is that it's a form of value signaling in a field where our inputs don't always equal clear outputs. Scarcity-based mindsets, insecurity & superiority complexes lead to people often trying to win arguments as opposed to simply trying to win at life. I'll take it a step further. If you're using this time simply to talk about exercises, training tactics & the like- instead of diversifying your learning by looking into other topics such as financial management, communication & how to better address leadership as a whole you're missing the boat. Learn to periodize your career, your learning & your life- NOT just your training. Don't let your self-image dictate who & what you become. Refuse to be defined by ONE thing. I consider myself a coach, business owner & father. I’m whatever I need to be to help the most people. How about you?
Posted by Brett Bartholomew on Tuesday, April 28, 2020
When we talk about personal training, we think of the “personal” part in terms of our clients. But as Brett Bartholomew reminds us, it’s also about us, and how we evolve as people in our many roles. “Learn to periodize your career, your learning, and your life,” he advises. That growth is the key to a long, successful career in the fitness industry.
— Christina Abbey
Lean and Strong — Josh Hillis and Jason Leenaarts, Revolutionary YOU!
“Let the monsters ride the bus,” says Josh Hillis, author of the recently published Lean and Strong. It’s his way of saying we need to accept our feelings and cravings for what they are while holding tight to our personal values during the struggle to lose weight.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Article] New Week, New Environment, New Strategies for a New World — Bryan Krahn, bryankrahn.com
[Video] 13-Minute Routine to Undo a Day of Desk Work — Eric Wong, Precision Movement
[Video] How to Tell if Your Feet Are Pronated or Supinated — Mike Wasilisin, MoveU
[Article] Promoting Physical Activity for Mental Well-Being — Stephanie Cooper, ACSM
[Article] How to Get Out of a Rut in About 20 Minutes — David Cain, Raptitude