the_wolverine_2013Another week is in progress! And I'll start my week with you with a small reminder that this weekend The Wolverine opens up in theaters! I highly recommend you get yourself a ticket, a bag of beef jerky, and, if you have a cool superhero-loving lady friend as I do, a date to go enjoy this flick. Now that I got my superhero talk fill (actually I could write another 1,000 words about The Wolverine, but this is a fitness blog and my English professor always told me to stay on topic so I'll follow his advice) we can move on to the more pressing matter of what I have been doing over the past several days (don't try to hide it I know your interested and if you really aren't too bad I am dragging you along for the ride anyways ; O).

Let me tell you I have been drinking like a king these past few days because as I mentioned last week my grandmother brought me some authentic coffee from her native Honduras and if I haven't said it before I'll say it now there is nothing I enjoy more than a great cup of joe. I am sure some of you can relate to this feeling.

Anyways great coffee seems to always need a companion and for me this companion take the form of great information provided via the written word. As my luck would have it the past weekend and week have been quite exceptional in the way of great blog posts and articles which provided a ton of quality reading material. In addition I've been slowly making my monthly trip through the latest issue of Bret Contreras's and Chris Beardsley's Strength and Conditioning Review.

Needless to say in spite of fighting a sinus infection for the past several days I have had a great couple days that have provided me with plenty of possible pieces of writing to share with you.

These are the three I felt were most relevant, well-written, and insightful (plus I just really enjoyed them personally).

1. Why Women Should Not Run by John Kiefer

people-running-city-marathon-660x400Hold On! Before you scoff at me and write me off as a runner hating strongman (actually your probably right if you do, but hear me out) let me share that I myself enjoy a nice jog from time to timE, not every week, but whenever I get the itch. I also think that participating in running as an athletic endeavor is great. It gives you something to train for and look forward too as well as provide an outlet for that natural competitive drive.

However I hate this seemingly widespread perverse idea among women that running is the only means of achieving a flat stomach and the body type they desire. This is just not the truth and in fact running actually is probably the most inefficient and ill suited methods for improving body composition.

But regardless this article offers a number of great reasons all with supporting evidence for why women should stop using running as the end al and be all in their pursuit for a better body.

2. Thoraci Movement and Scapular Movement are Not the Same Thing by Derrick Blanton

deadlift_MaurituisThis was a great post that frames the discussion mostly around the deadlift, but I think this is an important concept for those who train to understand. The concept is basically that you can have a very stable and rigid thoracic spine and still allow the scapulas to move freely and vice versa. Allow thoracic spine motion is closely linked with scapular movement it is possible to separate the two. So you must be careful not to confuse one with the other, especially in high load movements such as the deadlift.

3. 28 Lessons From Strength Training For Over 10 Years – What You Can Learn About Your Body And Mind by Nia Shanks

Nia-ShanksI love the counterculture movement in the fitness industry of women saying no to being just "cardio bunnies" and deciding that they want to lift weights and be physically strong. I think this is about the best thing to happen in the health and fitness scene since it's inception. The best part of this movement is that it is led by strong, fit women who have been there and done that. This is why I really enjoyed this post by Nia Shanks, who is one of the ladies leading this movement, in which she talks about her training career and some of the lessons she has learned during it.

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