Top of the Monday to you! Yeah I know weird way to say hi, but just roll with it.

Guess what?

No really try to guess.

Nope that is not it!

I graduated college on Saturday!!! Oh man am I relieved that part of my life is over. While I enjoyed the experiences I had over the past four years and grew a lot personally and professionally I really don't attribute much of it to the experiences I had on campus. But that is a discussion for another time.

Some pictures from the graduation:

I don't know what my brother is thinking here.

Enjoying some post graduation deliciousness.

The matriarchs of my family and me.

Me and my step sister. She graduated with a biology degree and I will a biochemistry degree. You know what they say about biology right? It's just applied chemistry. Hahaha! Just kidding Leah! Congratulations.

Me and the lady who makes all this worth it and who I couldn't have done it without.

I want to share this highlight with you because you all have a been a large part of my last four years. It has been producing content for this site and knowing that someone out there is actually benefiting from my writing that made it possible for me to put with late nights completing pointless assignments for irrelevant classes. I want to thank you for supporting FTS and coming back regularly to read my stuff.

It really does mean a lot.

But the best part is now that college isn't sucking up my time and energy I can commit more of it to providing you with the best experience possible and the most relevant content.

Get ready! Big things are on their way. I am so excited for this new chapter in life.

I kind of feel like what I would imagine he Tasmanian devil would feel like if you locked him in a cage for four years and then suddenly let him loose.

I have all this energy and passion and to many projects to count. It's now up to me to focus that passion and energy on completing each project and making progess on a daily basis so I can get the content to you all as quickly as possible and at the highest level of quality.

The only other thing I wanted to share with you today before getting to this week's list of stuff to read is this video I posted a short time ago on my social media feeds.

The caption below the video explains the significance of the video, but it really is a big deal for me. After I injured my si joint a little over a year ago I didn't do a lower body bilateral anything for 6 weeks and I didn't pull from the ground in a bilateral position for close to two months. It was a really shitty time for me and was very frustrating. But in hindsight I am thankful that it happened because I really think I had way to much of myself wrapped up into that one activity. The injury allowed me to refocus, find center again, explore a lot of other things, and retool my deadlift and squatting technique.

However I am so happy to see that everything that I have been working on is paying off. I am finally approaching PR's that resemble pulls prior to the injury and doing so with way less effort and strain.

If you are dealing with an injury or have sustained an injury in the past I hope that this is an inspiration and motivation to you to not give up on whatever it is you want to do. With enough time, attention to detail, and patience you can do anything you set your mind too.

Okay! Okay! I'll stop rambling on about my most recent personal accomplishments and get to your reading material. I think you are really going to like this one.

1. Exercises You Should Be Doing: Rotational Deadlifts by Tony Gentilcore

Tony gives credit for this exercise to a physical therapist from Minneapolis that spoke at The Fitness Summit (you can read about my experience there here) a little over a week ago. I was there to see the same talk and I'll have to admit it was the first time I had ever heard someone mention adding a rotational component to a loaded deadlift. It really got me questioning the limitations I put on myself when it comes to exercise selection. I haven't got to try this one out myself, but definitely think it is worth playing around with. Granted you are trying to pull max effort weights in this manner.

2. Gymtimidation No More: How To Feel Like A Boss In Any Gym by Amber Leonard-Thome

If you have ever been the newbie at the gym then you will deeply related to this article and will have wished you'd read it many years ago.

3. Damage Control - What To Do When You Over Indulge by Nia Shanks

We all overeat from time to time. Sometimes it is by conscious decision and other times it is from a place of anxiety, stress, and fear. I prefer the former to the latter reason, but regardless we all do it. The question then is how do you handle the aftermath. How should you approach the next day's food choices and so forth. Nia does a great job of laying it out for us.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

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