Weekly Fitness Reads: 7/13/15

The internet is a scary place when it comes to information, especially when it comes to fitness and nutrition. One google search can give you a million conflicting opinions. Sifting through the mess can be a difficult, confusing endeavor. Ain’t nobody got time for that, well almost nobody. I do have time for that. In this weekly post, I’ll do the work for you and provide you with some of the finest articles from the far reaches of the fitness blogosphere.

http://bretcontreras.com/the-hands-free-hip-thrust-a-simple-yet-very-effective-hip-thrust-teaching-tool/

The hip thrust is an invaluable tool to have in your training toolbox. Although this exercise is quite user friendly compared to other hip extension exercises there are a few common technique flaws that always seem to pop up. I’m a huge fan of self correcting exercises: drills that teach you to do the movement properly because you literally have no other option. No verbal coaching+increased body awareness=hooray! That said, I’m really excited to try this variation out with my clients. Enjoy!

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/the-perfect-time

Oh, the all too common trap of “waiting for the perfect time”. I’m sure all of you are familiar with this idea, and at the very least have heard a friend say, “I’m just waiting for ____ to get in shape”. Among the aspects rendering this thinking problematic in nature is the all-or-nothing mentality behind it(“I have to get this PERFECT! And the minute I make the slightest mistake I will deem myself a failure and give up!”). This article does a fine job of discussing the nuances of getting started and why you should ditch perfection and simply get going.

http://ironbodybyartemis.com/2015/07/10/what-does-it-take-to-build-muscle-like-wonder-woman/

Building muscle is HARD! A lot of women are afraid of lifting weights because it will make them “bulky”(which everyone has a different definition of btw). As you may know, I share many posts debunking the myth that lifting anything over a 3 lbs weight will turn you into the hulk and I feel like this offers some new perspective on the matter. Here, an established female bodybuilder who has the look that many women fear i.e. super duper jacked, discusses what it took for her to get her physique to where it is now.

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