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Best Content of the Week
This week’s best content offers two very different approaches to size: how to get bigger, and what life is like for people who are perceived to be too big.
On the one hand, they’re completely different topics. One is about training for muscle growth, while the other is about weight bias in society. But if you think about it, you realize what a luxury it is for trainers and clients who struggle to put on weight when so many people are vilified, ostracized, and discriminated against because they struggle to lose it.
Sticking with the size theme, we have valuable insights for fitness professionals about how to build a bigger, more resilient business, and why you should pare down your media consumption and learn to trust yourself.
— Esther Avant
Three Ways the Internet Is Making You a Worse Coach — Mike Robertson, Robertson Training Systems
Taking in too much information can riddle you with doubt. One problem, Mike Robertson says, is that it’s too easy for super-confident people to get us to assume they’re right and we’re wrong. Robertson’s message is ultimately reassuring: Trust yourself. If what you do now is working well for your clients, you may not need to change anything. Trying to fix what isn’t broken will probably make it worse.
— Shane McLean
How to Get Bigger and Stronger at the Same Time — Jeff Nippard
Is it possible to get both big and strong simultaneously? In this 13-minute video, Jeff Nippard summarizes what the science shows us (with the help of Greg Nuckols’ research review). He follows that with specific steps to combine low reps for pure strength with moderate to higher reps to trigger hypertrophy.
— Esther Avant
Best Social Media Post
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There’s more to the pull-up than hanging from a bar and pulling yourself up. Like any other feat of strength, there’s a skill component. Jen Comas explains and demonstrates how to go from a passive hang to a hollow hang, and how to incorporate isometric and partial variations.
— Christina Abbey
What’s Our Deal? — Aubrey Gordon and Michael Hobbes, Maintenance Phase
The hosts of Maintenance Phase bring uniquely subversive points of view to the world of health of fitness. Aubrey Gordon is an essayist who calls herself Your Fat Friend. Michael Hobbes is a journalist for Huffington Post and cohost of the You’re Wrong About podcast, which tackles historical events that most of us misremember or misunderstand.
In this inaugural episode, they tell personal stories to illustrate the sobering realities of weight bias in everything from medicine to everyday life. No matter how enlightened you consider yourself, you’re guaranteed to learn something you didn’t know about what’s it like to navigate our fat-phobic world when you’re one of the fat people the rest of us are afraid of.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Podcast] How to Succeed as an Online Coach — Mike Matthews with guest Jonathan Goodman, Muscle for Life
[Article] Even Well-Meaning Coaches Can Be Guilty of Size Bias — Julia Malacoff, Precision Nutrition
[Video] Personal Trainer Imposter Syndrome? Here’s How to Change It — Chris and Eric Martinez