This week has started out AWWEESSOMMMEEE! First off last Friday the newest addition to the Assassin's Creed franchise dropped, but somehow I missed that happening.

Anyways I got my copy of Assassin's Creed Syndicate last night and me and my brother spent the evening sneaking our way through 1860's London and liberating various boroughs of the city.

We only got in a couple of hours of gameplay, but so far I give it two thumbs up.

If you are a fan of video games and have never played any of the previous Assassin's Creeds then this might be a great one to start on.

Aside from that the rest of my weekend was pretty routine. I wrote client programs, trained in my garage, cleaned up RSC, and spent time with my wife and dogs.

However this morning I had an epic email waiting for me in my inbox from someone I would consider a mentor (in a virtual sense), Tony Gentilcore, which said that he was going to be publishing today one of the articles I submitted to him as a guest post!

If you don't know who Tony is then I feel bad for you because the guy is not only a really smart and talented strength coach, but he is equally as good of a writer and delivers what can sometimes be dry and complex material in a very entertaining and understandable way.

You have to bookmark his site and sign up for his newsletter if you like to laugh and want to learn how to improve your fitness and health.

I actually got to meet Tony a couple of months back at his and Dean Somerset's The Complete Hip and Shoulder Seminar where they discussed everything about assessing and training the hips and shoulders.

Tony and I exchanged a few emails following the event and he was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to submit a few articles for possible guest posts and turns out I am not completely hopeless on that front as Tony's email today reaffirmed.

If you liked to read the article please go here and please bookmark Tony's site and get on his newsletter you won't regret it!

I cannot tell you how exciting it is for me as a young, upcoming fitness professional to be published on such a popular site as Tony's. Not to mention to have someone I really look up to professionally put their name behind something I wrote.

In fact I will give Tony credit for much of my professional development as a trainer along with his peers such as Dean Somerset, Eric Cressey, Mike Reinold, and many more. I found many of these individuals (including Tony) and their respective sites in the fall of my senior year in high school. This would have been in 2011 and approximately 6 or 7 months before I ever sat for my ACSM certification or started working with clients.

Finding their writings, watching them, and learning from them during that time and since has massively influenced my approach to training and how I work with clients.

Its made me into the fitness professional I am today and while I won't say I am exactly where I want to be yet I have managed to open up my own training facility and start a profitable online business.

I couldn't thank Tony (and the others) enough for how open and honest they have been about their own careers, training experience, and professional knowledge. It has accelerated my development tremendously and I owe each of them more than I could probably repay.

And that is largely why it feels so surreal today to have been published on a site I have been a weekly reader of for over 5 years now.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity. Not to mention the encouragement it gives me that I am moving in the right direction and as long as I keep focusing on learning, developing myself, and trying to deliver more value to my clients and you all good things will happen.

I also hope that one day my writing and coaching experience might help someone like me who is just starting out in the industry looking for direction and help.

Okay enough about me bragging about my most recent article publication and reminiscing  about my journey in the fitness industry. Let's talk about this week's list of stuff to read.

1. Becoming Unapologetically Powerful: Shoulder and Hip Position for the Deadlift

I fucking love the trend in the fitness industry of women getting after it in the weight room! I've never seen any thing like it before since I started lifting seriously and hanging around gyms when I was 12 years old. I see tons of women signing up to compete in powerlifting competitions, celebrating PR's, and embracing their ability to be strong and fit.

And it's largely due to the leadership that women like Jen Sinkler, Neghar Fonooni, and JVB have brought to the fitness industry in terms of not being afraid to say they love lifting and yet aren't any less feminine or more masculine for it.

Not only do they champion the idea of strength as the foundation for all physical capacities, but they are also all über smart and experienced weight room veterans themselves.

JVB is getting ready to launch her new product and she is dropping some really great knowledge bombs in the lead up to the launch including this one all about the relationship between hip and shoulder position during a pull from the floor and how to maximize it for performance.

Get it!

2. "One Weird Trick" to Improve Exercise Technique Instantly: Proprioceptive Stimulus by Travis Pollen

Travis Pollen is a beast!

If you have never seen this guy get after in the gym then you won't understand.

But not only is the man a machine himself he is also a really smart coach who turns people into machines.

This was a really great article from Travis about how you can use proprioceptive stimuli to teach and reinforce proper form on a given exercise. He gives lots of practical examples of applying this in the gym.

3. The Organic Food Hierarchy: How To Eat Organic and Save Money Doing It by John Romaniello

I like to eat healthy, but I will be the first to admit that doing so can at times be more expensive. However I'm not so such that is a bad thing, but that is a discussion for another time.

Anyways that being said it's still possible to make better food choices and stay on track with your budget.

I thought this was a really great piece that gives you a system for how to approach buying food and where to allot your food budget.

Happy moving and heavy lifting

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