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Strength and Conditioning Stuff You Should Read: 11/18/13

Written on November 18, 2013 at 7:49 am, by Eric Cressey

Here's this week's list of recommended strength and conditioning reading:

The Most Startling Trend in Baseball – Jeff Sullivan did a great job of not only bringing attention to the significant increase in average pitching velocity in Major League Baseball, but also quantifying these changes and discussing some of the possible reasons for the increase.

Protein Power: 5 Tasty Recipes to Help You Stay Fit – These are some great healthy recipes from Anna Sward for Precision Nutrition.  I'm going to be trying a few of them out in the next week!

19 Squat and Deadlift Variations – Bret Contreras never disappoints, and in this article, he covers a ton of different variations of the "Big 2" from which you can choose. I prefer the puggle deadlift.


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4 Responses to “Strength and Conditioning Stuff You Should Read: 11/18/13”

  1. Robert Says:


    I know a lot of your website is focused on keeping people injury free while adding crazy amounts of strength. From a hypertrophy standpoint, how important are deadlifts? I am sure everyone has heard of the adage that you have to start with a compound lift every gym session, as hormonal output will increase amongst other factors.

    If I am trying to just put on mass all over my body, would I be better off starting off with
    heavy t-bar rows or bent over rows? I have already pulled 2.5x bw in the DL, and I find it really taxing on the CNS for the rest of the week. This would be for a pull day workout.

    I’m 18 btw.
    I really do appreciate your input, thank you
    Robert Villanueva

  2. Carlos Says:

    I do a lot of reading. I have read almost everything on tnation; I am always looking for new books, blogs, articles that will help me train my clients safely and effectively. One thing that is becoming difficult to discern is where to get my next certification. We have the industry favorites like PES, CSCS, USAW, POLIQUIN, etc. but now I’ve seen a surge of very specialized certifications from neurokinetic therapy, muscle activation technique and z-health. All of these are awesome , but I cannot afford to get all of them. My career goals are to open a private facility that works with all types in conjunction with a specialized focus on working with female athletes.

    Any help will be much appreciated

  3. Eric Cressey Says:


    Why do you need to do an actual certification?  What’s wrong with just getting educated on these different entities, independent of a certification?

  4. Carlos Solis Says:

    You make a good point. I remember an article you wrote about getting a degree in the field. Aside from making good friends, I thought the curriculum was a waste of time and underprepared me for what I experienced in the workforce. I guess a certification doesn’t prove anything. I know trainers with numerous certifications but lack the sense of putting the information together and applying it correctly. I guess a better question would be what sources do you think are vital for developing as a personal trainer/strength and conditioning coach? Do you believe there are certain certifications that stand out of the rest?


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