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Best Content of the Week
[Article] Now Is Not the Time to Guilt Yourself Into Working Out — Tony Gentilcore, tonygentilcore.com
“Problem or Opportunity?”
On March 13, when it was clear Maryland was heading into a shutdown, I sent out an email to my list with the three-word subject above. The message was simple. I encouraged my audience to accept reality, and to look for any silver lining—like the opportunity to establish healthy new routines.
I still believe in that message, and I still encourage my clients to adopt this amor fati mindset. I know many of you have been doing the same.
But in this week’s top pick, Tony Gentilcore cautions against taking the idea too far, and reminds us of a crazy fact we too easily forget:
Our clients are real humans, with real problems and real emotions. Whether we like it or not, their lives don’t revolve around their health and fitness. No matter your message, it’s important to keep that in mind.
— Dani Singer
The Biggest Lie the Diet Industry Ever Told You — Josh Hillis, losestubbornfat.com
Even during this strange time we’re navigating, the diet industry is telling lies, writes Josh Hillis. The biggest one is this: “How your body looks should be the most important thing in your life, at all times.”
To the contrary, he says, it’s okay to check in with yourself to see how you’re doing, and to give yourself a break if a strict diet or workout routine doesn’t seem like the most important thing in your life right now.
Because you’ve been told enough lies.
— Shane McLean
Programming for the Novice Athlete — Tex McQuilkin, NSCA
Just because we can’t go to workshops or seminars right now doesn’t mean we have to stop learning and growing as trainers and coaches.
In this 49-minute lecture from an NSCA Coaches Conference, Tex McQuilkin shows you how to unlock the potential of novice athletes. (True to his name, he opens with his own background as a self-trained athlete at a Texas high school not unlike the one in Friday Night Lights.)
He explains how to identify the areas of opportunity for individual athletes, and how a strength and conditioning coach can address those needs to maximize their performance.
Favorite line: “Strength sits on an island by itself without your ability to use it.”
— Esther Avant
Best Social Media Post
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You *do not* have to count calories. Even if you actively want to lose weight. I get that loads of people enjoy doing it but other people fucking hate it (hello, this is me) and other people find it damaging. You know, like the new TV show where you supposedly eat dinner at a restaurant and then go into the restaurant gym and burn off "everything you ate". Urgh, I already hate the concept. Important disclaimer: I know that talking about nutrition right now isn't a great time for some people. On last night's IG live we received many questions about calorie tracking and food satiety. I went on a bit of a rant about why I don't think protein is the most satiating macronutrient (come at me if you want, I am happy to discuss) and I talked about why I don't actively promote meticulous calorie tracking. For a some people, weighing everything you eat: – Isn't appealing – Could create issues with food – Requires a higher level of food education For me, I have never weighed everything I ate. I have a past of having issues with food and I fear that starting the process of weighing what I eat would open a floodgate which might be hard to come back from. I don't actively *discourage* calorie tracking as such. I know some people who genuinely think doing it for a period helped their relationship with food. I like to encourage the simplest method to achieve the goal and whilst hardcore fitness folk in the online space are often all about the tracking, many people don't have the knowledge or willingness to do that. A large portion of the general population wouldn't be able to tell you which foods belong in which macronutrient groups, trust me. This is why I like to discuss nutrition from different perspectives. You will see me talk about MyFitnessPal and specific calorie or protein targets but you will also see me giving more relaxed advice for people who find that more appropriate. So here you go, 15 ways to reduce food intake *without* counting calories. Feel free to let me know if you find this type of content more or less useful. It feels like a delicate time and I want to post information that is beneficial. What kind of content would you like more of?
Posted by Ben Carpenter on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
While acknowledging that “now isn’t a great time for some people” to focus on nutrition, Ben Carpenter offers 15 ways to manage calories without actually counting them.
— Christina Abbey
Quarantine Crashers — Jordan Syatt, Mike Vacanti, Andrew Coates, and Dean Guedo, The Fitness Devil
Fitness Devil podcasters Andrew Coates and Dean Guedo have doubled down during the shutdown by pairing up similar-but-different guests. In this week’s edition, Jordan Syatt and Mike Vacanti discuss the importance of playing the long game with the content you create. The quarantine will eventually end, but your work lives forever. Make sure it stands the test of time.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Article] 25 Tips to Maximize Your Home Workouts — Joel Seedman, Advanced Human Performance
[Social Media] “Nutrition Is 80% of Your Results” Is 93.1% Nonsense — Ben House, Facebook
[Video] Shoulder Pain Rehab for an Olympic Weightlifter — Aaron Horschig, Squat University
[Video] Three Exercises to Eliminate Back Pain Without Stretching — Anders Varner, Barbell Shrugged
[Article] 10 Exercises to Instantly Improve Hip Mobility — Arash Maghsoodi, Michael Lau, and Craig Lindell, drjohnrusin.com