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Best Content of the Week

Are You a Good Coach? -- Erica Suter, ericasuter.com

Erica Suter doesn't know if she's a good coach. That's because she still ponders what that actually means. It's a question she asks herself every day.

Are you a good coach because you coach elite athletes? Are you not a good coach if you don't? Do you evaluate yourself by the specific, tangible results your clients achieve? What about the role you play in their development as hard-working, confident individuals?

Maybe, she concludes, it comes down to this: Are you okay with a career dedicated to asking the right questions, even when you know you'll never have the final answers?

— Esther Avant

Best Article

15 Lessons for Lifters From the Great Lockdown -- Tom MacCormick, Breaking Muscle

The COVID crisis has been hard on everyone whose life and living depend on the gym. But there may be a silver lining, at least for serious lifters. The time away from the iron has forced lifters to reevaluate what's important, both in and out of the gym, and whether the goals they were chasing are really worth it. You'll find yourself nodding your head in agreement with Tom MacCormick as he shares what he's learned since his gym shut down.

— Shane McLean

Best Video

How Long to Rest Between Sets -- Mike Israetel, Renaissance Periodization

In part five of Hypertrophy Made Simple, Renaissance Periodization's incredibly useful video series, Mike Israetel explains why the age-old question of how long to rest between sets really isn't as complicated as we've made it. 

— Esther Avant

Best Social Media Post

Posted by Bryan Krahn on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Bryan Krahn's post perfectly sums up why personal training should be just that: personal. What doesn't matter for some will be the next progression for others. It's your job to figure out which clients need to focus on the "big rocks" of exercise and nutrition, and which ones need a more fine-tuned approach.

— Christina Abbey

Best Podcast

Dropping Weight, Building Strength to Promote Hypertrophy, and Training Around Pain -- Eric Trexler and Greg Nuckols, Stronger by Science Podcast

Eric Trexler and Greg Nuckols dish up thorough, evidence-based explanations for the burning questions of strength and hypertrophy, dropping weight while retaining muscle, and working around injuries.

— Mike Howard

More Great Fitness Content 

Getting Clear About Your Mission -- Anthony Renna and Michael Keeler, Business for Unicorns

Knee Pain on the Bike? -- Kelly Starrett, The Ready State

How to Become a Nutrition Coach -- Krista Scott-Dixon, Ryan Maciel, and Alisa Bowman, Precision Nutrition

Stress Management for Health and Exercise Professionals -- Gregory Florez, ACE Blog

Don't Ask Me to Push You to the Limit in Training Sessions -- Lee Boyce