Articles to Read – Sept 24th – Oct 1st

This week’s articles to read comes out a little late, but it’s worth it. And besides, now you’ve got something to do while you’re acting like you’re working.

For everybody with self-doubt, everybody that feels like other people have it so easy, I give you “The Fight”. If you feel like you’re failing a lot and that programs and diets don’t work for you, it’s time to read both of the articles in #2. If you’re the person that scraps your entire workout over your headphones or having mismatched socks, the 3rd article is for you. The remaining 2 posts cover general athleticism and a really smart guy in podcast form for that boring commute.


1. There are more than a few people that need to read this…and then read it again. We all have a fight, some bigger and tougher than others. And within each of us is a will to fight. If you only read one article, read this one. It may make a difference in your day and it may even help you make a huge difference in somebody else’s.

The Fight


2. If you’re chasing strong, or just want to get stronger, read these two articles. It’s one of the biggest requests I get by clients and the 2nd hardest thing to convince them of.  Nothing in training is linear. Not your strength gains. Not your weight loss. Your expectations have to match reality. The sooner you accept that, the easier it is to do what needs to be done.

Managing Your Expectations: How to Set Yourself Up for Success

3. For some time now I’ve been a fan of eliminating distracted training. It shouldn’t matter what music is on. It shouldn’t matter if the tv’s are out in the gym. Training is training and the things that make us feel comfortable are the things that hold us back.

4. This is still one of my biggest peeves after coaching from youth level all the way to NCAA; single-sport athletes that have been single-sport athletes since they were 4, 5, 6 years old. As a kid, we played everything growing up, most people in my generation did. Injury rates from overuse were lower, athleticism was higher, and I’d even bet that burnout from playing year-round was lower.

What Happened to “Global” Athleticism?

5. A podcast worth listening to… Mike Robertson and Dr. Andy Galpin.  You may have heard of Dr. Galpin if you listen to Joe DeFranco or read JTS because he’s been there before. This interview is just as good.

Dr. Andy Galpin on How to Unplug from Tech and Social Media