IMG_0658Well first day of school is off to a great start! Even took a great first day school photo with my wingman (see left). I am sitting down (don't worry my spine is not going to spontaneously combust and my hip flexors shrink) between my first class and next class at 1200 to write up this sweet post.

I have to say though I won't be surprised if you find a couple oddly phrased sentences in here because my mind is feeling a bit blown from my first lecture period in Biochemistry. First on the list of things to do for the class is memorize the names and total structures of all 20 amino acids. Yep I have a fun evening planned tonight! Oh well I figure I am not the first to be asked to complete the task and I won't be the last. I just hope physics starts off a bit more gradual.

I hope your Monday is off to a great start too!

Below is this week's list of things to read which includes a kickass book review, which if you only have time to read one post read the book review! But seriously read them all!

1. The 30 Days of Thrusting Challenge by Bret Contreras

images6Everyone has probably seen the latest trend of the 30 day squat challenge that has been published in a lot of major health publications, which I don't doubt can be difficulty and grueling. But here is a much better take on the 30 day challenge by Bret Contreras that is a 30 Day Thrusting challenge. The reason why I think this challenge is better and more beneficial is simply because it places emphasis on the posterior chain which is a part of the human anatomy that is extremely lacking for most people. Try it out I bet you glutes will be on fire. Plus well developed glutes are way more attractive than well developed quadriceps (come on people priorities!).

2. Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett: Book Review by Anoop T. Balachandran

imagesI am a really big fan of Kelly Starrett and his work. I love the career path that he has taken and it has inspired me to follow down a similar road. I read Becoming a Supple Leopard and that thought it was fantastically helpful and provided a bunch of easily implemented modalities for improving mobility. It currently is in some circles held to be the "holy grail" for mobility, which I think is a bit much, but hey to each his own.

But here is a great evidenced based and unbiased review of the book itself. Anoop does a great job of voicing his opinion along with evidence. I especially like Anoop's brief correction and the current understanding of pain and the model used to understand it. As Kelly writes in the book you would believe that pain is a manifestation of poor movement and posture, but in fact this is any out dated concept. I wasn't aware of this so I have quite a bit of reading to do to get caught up on the latest pain research, but I think it is great that we all don't walk away from the book thinking we are experts on pain and believe that we can fix all chronic pain with mobility modalities.

3. All About Jet Lag by Brian St. Pierre

imagesI don't travel much, but I know several people who do commute to their jobs via flying a couple times a month. I couldn't image doing this, but it is probably more common than what most people think, especially considering the limited job market in the U.S. The people I do know who commute via plane often complain of Jet Lag and irritability. I have always that the effects of flying could be mitigated to an extent and that is what the post talks about. It also gives you a much more complete understanding of Jet Lag. If you are someone who flies frequently it would definitely be worth the small time investment to read.

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