Confession: there are very few bloggers I follow anymore.
Maybe I’m getting old, maybe my attention span is short, or maybe people are just boring.
It seems everyone is saying the same shit over. And over. And over again.
Okay, I get it.
I get we can’t reinvent the wheel in fitness. I get kettlebell swings will always be a hip hinge. A pull-up will always be a pulling movement. The plank will always be a lumbo-pelvic stability exercise. Conjugate periodization will always be for bros. Sleep will always increase your ability to win an argument against your wife. And calisthenics will always be for guys who don’t want to get laid.
In the name of science, I get we can’t change any of this.
Which brings me to an inevitable truth: us fitness bloggers will repeat ourselves and each other.
However, if you want to rise above the repetitive noise, you have to showcase your unique personality. You have to create your own voice. You have to captivate people with WHO YOU ARE. <— by the way, read this article “Who Are You?” It may light a fire under your ass to stop being so damn boring.
With that said, this week’s readings downright enchanted me. They made me sit up straight in my chair, drop my jaw, and see unicorns.
Here you go:
Why I Have A Potty Mouth – Mark Manson
Mark Manson is a prose wizard. Not only did I enjoy his use of diction, satire, and profanity in this article, it hammers home a strong message.
For someone who also uses a tremendous amount of profanity, I was relieved when I read this.
You see, people nowadays get offended pretty fucking easily by the word “fuck.”
Especially through writing, people argue, “you don’t need the word fuck to convey your message.”
Mark Manson argues you do. To that end, profanity shocks readers and captures their attention. And if you use profanity in person when talking with your friends, using it in your writing stays true to who you are.
Give it a fucking read.
^You see how that shocked you more than just saying, “give it a read.” Yeah. Thought so.
The Difference Between Having Needs And Being Needy – David Booda
What does being “needy” mean? Is it different for different people?
David Booda is another writer who I respect and still follow. This piece is super enlightening if you’re struggling to express your needs to others, namely, in relationships.
And yes, this has a lot to do with strength and conditioning.
Advanced Strength and Conditioning: An Evidence-Based Approach – Anthony Turner, Paul Comfort
I need to remember that not everyone is like me. Some people are captivated by research articles and evidence-based writing.
So this one is for the nerds out there.
Sleep and Training: The Ultimate Balancing Act – Tim Hendren via Tony Gentilcore
All the pieces of a training regimen could be in place – recovery, nutrition, periodization, consistency – but without sleep, people aren’t optimizing the training effect.
Again, another topic that has been written about my MANY fitpros, but I liked Tim’s use of Call of Duty and Netflix references.