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The Best of 2011: Stuff that was Fun to Write/Video

Written on January 2, 2012 at 7:14 am, by Eric Cressey

Today, I’ll wrap up my “Best of 2011” series by highlighting the pieces that I enjoyed creating.  Check them out:

1. 11 Years, 11 Lessons, 100 Pounds – This T-Nation article recapped my long journey in the strength and conditioning world to get to where I am.  It was definitely one of my most popular articles of all time at T-Nation.

2. The Fitness Business Blueprint This product was a blast to create because I think it filled a gaping hole in the market.  Until we launched it, nobody had created a fitness business product that didn’t just discuss how to grow a business, but also how to improve as a trainer/coach.  I had a blast collaborating with Pat Rigsby and Mike Robertson on it.

3. What I Learned in 2010 – I enjoy writing these articles every year, because they serve as a great opportunity to revisit some of the most valuable lessons from the previous year.  And, as the saying goes, the best way to master something is to teach it to others.

4. Strength and Conditioning Program Success: The Little Things MatterThis was a fun blog to write, as I did so right around the time when several of our athletes were recognized for some awesome achievements.  It gave me a chance to reflect on why they were successful – and why many other folks aren’t.  There will be some valuable takeaways for you, regardless of your athletic or fitness goals.

5. Oblique Strains in Baseball: 2011 Update – I’d written about oblique strains in the past, but they continue to be the big fat white elephant in the corner that is being ignored in the context of baseball development.  Hopefully this article got some people to start paying attention to the fact that it’s just the fallout of a lot of things that are wrong with the current approaches being employed with respect to baseball strength and conditioning.

6. The IYCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification – I was fortunate to be a contributor on this awesome resource that will hopefully change the tide of how high school athletes are trained.  Based on the feedback we’ve received thus far, it’s already helped tremendously in this regard.

7. Strength Training Program Success: How Dr. P did at 47 What He Couldn’t Do at 20 or 30 – This blog (and accompanying video) were awesome because our entire gym got involved on this goal – and were there to see our good friend accomplish it.

8. The Everything Elbow In-Service – This was an in-service I filmed for our staff this summer to prepare them for all the elbow issues that may come through our doors.  It lasted 32 minutes, and sold far better than I would have imagined – and led to a lot of requests for us to continue filming staff in-services and making them available for sale.

9. Strength and Conditioning Programs: Think the Opposite – This has a few tips about a counterintuitive way to achieve success in training and in business.

10. Hip Pain in Athletes: The Origin of Femoroacetabular Impingement – FAI is becoming more and more common (especially in young athletes), and in this blog, I talk about some of the reasons why.

That wraps up our “Best of 2011” series.  Thank you very much for your support of EricCressey.com in 2011; I’m looking forward to making 2012 even more memorable!

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2 Responses to “The Best of 2011: Stuff that was Fun to Write/Video”

  1. Conor Says:

    I loved reading your 11 lessons article. It was very inspiring. I too had a setback where I was hospitalized for 8 weeks with severe depression and all I did was read about people who had setbacks and fiction novels with inspiring messages. My life now revolves around a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercise, playing hockey and soccer with my buddies, coaching high school soccer, and most importantly spending time with family. The fact that you recognize important things and see the bigger picture will make me a long time reader of your stuff. Funny thing is, I too have “raging” OCD and ADD. I had a good chuckle when I read those parts. Great article.

  2. Greg Says:

    EC – I am just beginning as the strength and conditioning coach for two high schools. In this position I will develop programming and have ~8 hours a week with athletes directly. I will surely have to teach coaches to implement the programming. I have been reading IYCA’s HSSCS book and will be completing the certification shortly. This resource is SUPERB. All ot the authors contributed good material with information that I hope to pass on to the team specific coaches…especially the parts about breaking coach’s “bad habits.” This resource provides research to back up the programming and will help me sell the exercise/activity choices. It has been incredibly important and may provide a blueprint for how school systems with little expendable cash can get quality S&C programming into their schools. I recommend it to every coach – if they are willing.

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