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Our Choice for the Article of the Week

The Ultimate Guide to Pain -- Anoop Balanchandran

One of the most common issues we deal with as personal trainers is client pain -- sore knees, tweaked shoulders, even chronic low back issues. Our method for dealing with these issues, if they are issues not better served by a medical consult, has often been to fix them, through exercise. We use mobility drills, we use stretching, we use strength training to bring up weak muscle groups. But in doing so, as Anoop Balanchandran shows, we perpetuate "an explanatory model that is further instilling the belief that is pain is due to tissue pathology or tissue dysfunction or weakness," instead of recognizing where pain actually begins -- in the brain.

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XXIV. But Mommy I Don't Wanna Be A Bodybuilder -- Anthony Mychal (our choice for Bodybuilding article of the week)

8 Nutritional Strategies For Those Who Can't Gain Weight -- Eric Cressey

Back Friendly Biceps Training -- Rob King,

Finding Your Big 3 Lifts -- Ben Bruno, T-Nation

General Health

Sitting, standing, or walking: What's the best way to work? - MC Schraefel, Precision Nutrition (Our choice for General Health article of the week)

7 Warning Signs that You Have a Body Image Disorder -- Armi Legge

Fixing Your Pushup with 2 Simple Corrections -- Dean Somerset

Use Your Mindset to Lose Weight, Get Fit and Be Healthy -- Scott Christ, Health Habits


Fat Loss

Do Carbohydrates Make You Fat? -- Eirik Garnas, (Our choice for Fat Loss article of the week)

Maximal Fat Loss, Minimal Equipment -- Dan John, T-Nation

4 Ways To Stop Eating A Million Calories Every Night -- Jill Coleman

10 Proven Health Benefits of Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diets -- Kris Gunnars, Authority Nutrition


Strength Training

CrossFit, Kevin Ogar, and Questions -- Chris Colucci, T-Nation (Our choice for Strength Training article of the week)

The Turn-Around -- David Whitfield, Elitefts

Training with Purpose: Properly Tapering Volume and Intensity -- Gabriel Naspinski, Elitefts

High Frequency Training: Your Strength Building Solution -- Eric Bach

How to Increase Your Squat and How to Increase Your Deadlift -- Bret Contreras


How Much Water Do You Really need? -- Steve, Nerd Fitness (Our choice for Nutrition article of the week)

Big Meals vs. Small Snacks: What's Best for You? -- Adam Bornstein

10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy Without Thinking, Backed by Science -- James Clear

Help! I'm Counting Calories and I Can't Stop! -- Maryalice Goldsmith,