Ah yes it's August 3rd! Party time! Why am I partying over the fact that it's August 3rd?

Because in just three days my wife and I will be on our way to the "windy city" to see some of the sights. That's right Chicago here we come!

Actually the sight-seeing part of the trip is not the main reason we are visiting.

The real driving force is the fact that Mark Fisher of Mark Fisher Fitness and all his glory will be presenting on everything fitness business related and how he went about building one of the most successful and fastest growing gyms in arguably one of the most saturated markets in the country, New York City.

It's going to be freaking fantastic! I am so pumped to hear all about unicorns, how to create a safe place for people to change, and what the hell speedos have to do with helping them differentiate themselves. All I know is it's going to be a lot of fun and I am predicting that the information will be game changing for myself.

But now the trip is double awesome because I'll get to also spend a couple of days seeing the city with my wife.

We've got plans to see the Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and do a pistol squat on the Sky Deck!

I can't freaking wait.

All that being said I still have lots to finish up here in JOMO this week before taking off including training clients, putting the final touches on the new FTS Group Coaching Program, and doing some deadlifts. I'd better get running then as none of it's going to do it's self. Wouldn't that be awesome if they did though?

Anyways here is what I think you should be reading this week to upgrade your health and fitness game.

1. Altitude Training Masks: Helpful or Hyperbole by Dan Hechler and James Daley

Have you seen the dudes in the gym wearing the weird masks?

Did you think they were trying to be like Bane?

Yeah me too, but no it's actually a device that is being marketed as a way to help improve your performance.

However some really smart strength coaches are making the argument that it may be in fact hindering people's training and subsequently their performance outside of the gym.

This post gets a bit deep in the science and research, but the practical take-aways from the post are many and are well worth the time it takes to read.

2. Where is Your Exercise Taking You by Krista Scott-Dixon

I love Krista Scott-Dixon!

Okay that may be a bit of an over statement as I've never met that woman in person, but I absolutely love her work.

And as to be expected this is a fantastic, introspective piece that will really get your wheels turning about what exactly exercise is doing for you and where you are going with it both in the long and short-term.

3. 7 Big Rocks of Fat Loss by Bryan Krahn

If there is a dude I'd trust on how to stay lean and muscular as I get older than Mr. Krahn would be that dude. Not only has he been around the block and knows his stuff, but he also lives it. I mean just take a look at the picture at the top of the post. The man walks the walk and talks the talk. I like that, but I am in no way saying every trainer needs to look like Bryan in order to be able to help people get lean.

Anyway he does a really great job of discussing some of the must-do's when it comes to getting lean and the fact is they aren't all too complicated. It may just surprise you.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

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