brace-yourselves-new-year-is-comingAh shiiiiitttttttt! There are only 3 more days left in mother fuckin 2014. (<---- That right there is crazy!!!!)

This means in less than 4 months I will be officially married (I think a case could be made that I already am) and in less than 6 months I will be a college graduate (fingers crossed).

And although my first inclination when faced with the end of this year is to look forward to what awaits beyond it I also have that all to familiar feeling of looking over my shoulder on the days past. I can't help but look back to the beginning of 2014 and ask myself if I am any better today then I was then.

I am sure I am not the only one who experiences this feeling and although some years we don't like what we have to look back on I think it is an important process in both our personal and professional growth. It's kind of like watching film in football immediately after your performance. You have to get feedback so that you can make the correct adjustments and improve. Without assessing you are just guessing.

I'll be sharing my reflection on 2014 both personal and professional tomorrow after I have sometime today to organize my thoughts and don't have to run to the gym in a little less than a half hour.

But let's go into 2015 informed and well read with someone awesome nutrition and training talk.

1. 5 Things I've Learned About Mobility Training by Eric Cressey

Mobility is all the rage. It is the reason why you suck at everything. Oh you can't balance your checkbook? More mobility bro. Oh you squat with a butt wink? More mobility bro. Although regardless of how overused this word is for explaining what ails someones it doesn't negate the fact that it is important and should be addressed properly. I though this was an insightful piece from Mr. Cressey on the topic of training mobility. Plus there is a cute picture of the fitness industry famous new born Cressey Twins.

2. Get the Most Out of Your Farmer Carries by Tony Gentilcore

Farmer's carries are about the simplest damn exercise anyone can do, but probably offer one of the biggest bank for your buck considering the benefits it gives interns of core stability, hip stability, and carry over into the real world for most folks. However although they are simple that doesn't mean they aren't difficult to do right. Mr. Gentilcore shares with us some strategies for maximizing our return on doing loaded carries.

3. 4 Kettlebell Deadlift Variations You Should Be Doing by Karen Smith

As a tool I am rather convinced that a kettle bell is probably the most useful piece of equipment anyone can buy because of the ease of use, low cost, and endless possibilities for application. It is a must have in my opinion if you are someone who has a hectic schedule and often find yourself piecing together a workout into your living room. But to use the kettle bell you'll need to have an arsenal of exercise variations to try out and keep it fresh. Karen drops four variations for the kettle bell deadlift in this piece for us.

4. Eyelashes are not utensils (or 8 Strategies to Eat Mindfully) by Neghar Fonooni

This lady gets what it is to live your best life and she continues to inspire a lot of other women and men to do the same everyday. The part though I enjoy most about how she communicates her message and mission is she isn't afraid to be completely honest and forthright about her own struggles which I think is rare in a world full of selective self representation. I think you will really dig this piece especially if you are someone who the if it fits your macros approach does more harm than good for you.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

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