I’ll keep it short and sweet for the reads of the week. Part of the reason for my brevity is that I don’t have any bad government jokes to deliver. The other reason is that Chad and I are busy working on a mini-project that we’re pretty excited about and want to deliver to you as quickly as possible.
Our Weekly Rundown
Cockiness and personal bias aside, we write good stuff here at Show Me Strength. Here is a list of the articles from this past week in case you missed them.
In part 1 of the series, “Why I failed,” Travis Smith offers valuable insight into a problem so many young and experienced athletes fall into: program ADD. You’re always looking for the very best next program instead of focusing on dominating the one you already have.
To put it bluntly, the value of supplements is largely overrated in maximizing your training. Most don’t work and the majority of individuals’ sole focus is on what supplements they need before making sure their nutrition and recovery is adequate. Chad gives you the bare bones essentials you need to succeed and questions to ask yourself before you go breaking bank on the latest testosterone booster from China.
Mediocrity consumes our lives. Break the cycle today. Create your legacy.
The Interwebz Reads of the Week:
Pitching Performance: Understanding Trunk Position at Foot Strike Part 1, 2, and 3 by Eric Cressey and Matt Blake
Pitching is the fastest motion in all of sports with the angular velocity of the shoulder rotating upwards of 7200 degrees per second. There a lot of pieces that are required to make this explosive transfer of energy as biomechanically efficient and explosive as possible. In this article, Eric and Matt do an excellent job of dissecting the delivery from all ends of the spectrum including a great discussion of the interplay between functional anatomy, core stability, and how they interact to produce the different deliveries of pitchers. In parts 2 and 3, they offer a list of drills and progressions to maximize mobility and biomechanics to aid in creating the most efficient delivery possible.
There are so many articles across the interwebz (thank you, John Romaniello) that are solely dedicated to training. What exercises do I do to get bigger pecs? How can I increase my squat max? All these are well and good but they’re irrelevant unless we nail the other half of the equation… optimizing recovery.
Kurtis Frank of Examine.com, an impressive website dedicated to tackling the world of research involved in supplements and nutrition, does an excellent job thoroughly dissecting all the information you need to optimize your recovery. From nutrition hacks to utilizing supplements that reduce stress, everyone stands to benefit from this article.
Is school your safety net? Is it protecting you from the uncertainties of the real world? Is it the place you run to when you’re afraid to take a risk and chase your passion? Jon offers an interesting perspective to all these questions in the hope that you will use his deconstruction to ask the bigger question which is what do you really want out of life?