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The Top Article of the Week


Look. We know that a "tough love" approach to either training or nutrition coaching isn't right for every client. And this week's pick for top post is brutally tough -- the title warns you of that right upfront.

But the message, brutal or not, is spot on, and it's one that many of your clients might need to hear: success in fat loss -- and in ANY goal -- starts with taking personal responsibility for the steps needed to achieve it. And those steps are bound to include sacrifices, difficulties, and a need for a positive attitude.

This post won't tell you how to set up a fat loss diet, how to cook specific meals, or how many carbs to eat. But it does address the one thing that might be keeping your clients from reaching their goals:

Themselves. And their own mindsets.


Strength Training

The Menstrual Cycle and Contraceptives: A Complete Guide for Athletes -- Greg Nuckols

3 GREAT Core Exercises That You Can Do If You Can't Get On the Floor -- Rick Kaselj

Top 3 Compound Core Training Exercises for Abs -- Nick Tumminello, BretContreras.com

Bullet Proof Shoulders: 3 Ways You're Screwing Up Face Pulls -- Jordan Syatt

Succeeding with Two Sessions a Day -- Anthony Dexmier


General Health

Risky Fitness -- Jen Sinkler

Are We Missing the Boat on Core Training? -- Mike Reinold

What Lord of the Rings Taught Me About Fitness -- James Harris

The Only Neutralist Running Article You'll Ever Read from a Strength Coach -- Lee Boyce

Yoga for Athletes: Why Activation and Inhibition Matter More than Stretching -- Dana Santas, EricCressey.com


Fat Loss

The Unexpected Side Effects of Significant Weight Loss -- Kerry Colpitts, Weighty Matters

3 Tips for Successful Dieting -- Nick Shaw, JTS Strength

It's All Bullshit -- Mitch Calvert

Do Your Really Need to Eat Chicken and Broccoli? -- Adam Bornstein

Dropping Weight without Losing Strength -- Tara Senic



High Frequency Training for Bigger Arms in Six Weeks -- Eric Bach

5 Reasons Your Program Isn't Working -- Mike Robertson, T-Nation

Rest Pause Variations To Build Aesthetic Muscle -- Scott Tousignant

Arnold's Agonist-Antagonist Training -- Paul Carter, T-Nation

10 Tips for a Knock-Out Cutting Phase -- Trish Adams



Are Frequent Meals Beneficial for Body Composition -- Brad Schoenfeld

How (and why) to Make the Perfect Super Shake  -- John Berardi

How To Gain Weight "” Practical Applications for Eating to Build Muscle, and Why You Might Not Want to Gain Weight Fast -- JC Deen

Hidden Treasures -- Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Almonds -- Joe Leech, Authorty Nutrition