Rather than focus on one topic for this post, I thought I’d take time to update you on some random thoughts and musings. So here they are in no particular order…
I’m happy to report that I’m about 1/3 through my PhD work. Sadly, of the 15 students who began the program, 5 have already dropped out. It is a lot of work, particularly for those of us who have full-time jobs. That said, it’s been a great experience so far for me. I’m learning a great deal and already applying the knowledge to my work.
I recently co-authored an article with my buddy Bret Contreras for the NSCA Performance Training Journal titled, Strategies for Optimal Core Training Program Design. The article details cutting-edge advice on how to design an individualized core training routine. It expands on the findings of our previous review paper, To Crunch or Not Crunch providing practical applications for a safe and effective workout. Highly recommended reading for those who want to optimize core function and aesthetics.
The new edition of the NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training has just been released. I wrote the instructor guide to the book, so I had to become intimately familiar with the material. I can say without hesitation that it’s a truly excellent book, covering all aspects relevant to fitness professionals. If you’re a personal trainer, I’d say it’s a must-read. And if you’re simply a fitness enthusiast, you’ll learn a ton about the science of exercise.
My friend and colleague, Joe Dowdell, recently came out with an extensive DVD set filmed during his Peak Fitness Summit that covers a vast array of fitness topics. Joe is an astute fitness pro and one of the top trainers around. The product comes with an instruction manual and is eligible for continuing education credits. If you’re interested in the science and practice of strength training and sports nutrition, I urge you to check it out.
Finally, here is an interesting Youtube clip that someone forwarded to me. I am not familiar with the person in the video, but he does a good job providing practical application of my article, Does Cardio After an Overnight fast Maximize fat loss.
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That’s all for now. Until next time, stay fit!