“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” – Charles Dickens
Okay. Admittedly, I needed a catchy opening sentence because today, my creative juices are running low.
I’d argue, however, that today’s opening line is fitting, so I’m just going to go with it.
First and foremost, why was it the best of times? Well, this past week a few epic things happened:
1) I got the new Adidas UltraBoosts.
2) A handful of my soccer girls committed to D1 universities.
3) I made an appearance on Stack.com for the second time.
Now, I don’t consider myself near the stature of coaches like Joel Seedman, Mike Robertson, Nancy Newell, and Johnny Tea, a handful of the big shots who chimed in on the Stack.com piece.
Then, there’s me. I was thankful the writer, strength coach Justin Ochoa, reached out to me for my expertise. Maybe he thought I was cool because I like dubstep music. Or have been to 10 music festivals. Or I don’t know…I can quote every single line in Lord of the Rings.
Either way, it’s an excellent article on training mistakes that must be fixed immediately. I’m thrilled (I mean, jumping around like a giddy schoolgirl) to be included. You can read it here.
And It Was Also…The Worst of Times
With any good news, there will always be bad news. Such is the yin and yang of life.
Now this has nothing to do with fitness, but here’s something to check out about a modern day Lord of the Flies in full force.
Imagine going to the Bahamas with the expectations of seeing your favorite djs, bands, palm trees, paradise, and hot chicks in bikinis only to see a wasteland of mud, broken tents, moldy sandwiches for food. On top of that, your luggage is lost and you’re stranded.
What’s worse, is the music festival was put on by Ja Rule.
Mistake #1: trusting Ja Rule to organize a festival.
Either way, check out what happened at Fyre Festival. It’s nothing short of how a horror film starts. And will make you feel better about your life.
But in all seriousness, I hope everyone is okay and makes it home safe.
Let’s get into this week’s readings:
Cardio tends to get demonized in today’s landscape of fitness. Of course strength training is excellent for you and will shape your physique, but we should never ignore cardio, as it plays a vital role in recovery, fat burning, and getting laid.
Will the Real Unicorn Please Stand Up? – Heather from Babiestobiceps.com
I love this article. It’s a very enlightening piece on food shaming and why we should not judge others based on their personal choices. Sure, the unicorn frappucino had loads of sugar, but let people be people.
As an athlete, you bet your ass I’m downing one of these post-conditioning to get my blood sugar back up. Will I drink one every day? No. But allow me to enjoy myself once in a while.
Conscious Coaching – Brett Bartholomew
After seeing this book splashed across every strength coach’s Instagram, I had to hop on the bandwagon and give it a shot. I just finished it and it’s EPIC. No matter how much you know about exercise physiology and what muscles externally rotate the hip, the most critical piece of coaching is athlete buy-in. This book is a MUST READ for all coaches, especially those in the private sector.