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What I Learned in 2011

Written on February 18, 2012 at 1:53 am, by Eric Cressey

This marks the fifth year that I’ve been writing this year-end series for T Nation. In my first installment, I was fresh out of graduate school, so I drew heavily from the research I’d seen.

Nowadays, while I still read a lot of research, more of my “findings” have come from being in the trenches (where I’ve also acquired a receding hairline). Hopefully this year, you’ll find a nice blend of the two.

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2 Responses to “What I Learned in 2011”

  1. Nate Says:


    I will certainly be stopping back to your site. Thoroughly enjoyed your post. I am an elite marathon runner trying to help other runners on my site http://www.rundreamachieve.com so can appreciate how extensive and dedicated you are.

    Continued blessings in 2012.

  2. Lauren L. Says:

    “Grab a ball, pin it between these tendons and the floor, and make sweet love to it.” bahaha that literally had me laughing out loud in my living room when I read it. Good one.

    I loved this article and I your last point especially resonated with me. For the past 8 months I’ve been running an unofficial “back to basics” campaign at the gym where I train. What I’ve found is that, just like you said, no one is advanced as they think they are. As a result it’s been difficult getting folks to buy in to the whole concept and think that they’re better off in the hardcore bootcamp class or crossfit group (what I’ve learned- I can’t call anything I do “Back to Basics” or no one will show up). I guess I’m gonna have to sharpen my jedi mind trick skills to get people to realize that they deadlift like a granny and need to learn how to master the basics before they even think about crossfit. Ok that’s not fair to the actual granny I train who deadlifts like a champ.
    Thanks for all your great material Eric.

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