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Before we get started on a few of the great articles we found this week, here are ours.

Under the Bar by Ryan Wood

In this great piece, Ryan discusses the importance of doing in order to truly learn how to become good at something.  You can read about pitching mechanics until your eyes hurt but it doesn’t mean anything until you physically go out there and do it.  Taking action can be scary.  It probably involves failure and a good deal of it.  You’ll find if you push through the pain period, it’ll be one of the most satisfactory things you’ll ever do in this life.  Like Ryan said, “train hard, train heavy.”  In all that you do.

Hacking Your Off Season Volume 4: Three Qualities of a Good Training Partner by Chad Rodgers

In the latest installment of Hacking Your Off Season, Chad covers all you need to know when finding someone to train with.  I’m a big believer in self-motivation, especially when times are hard.  These are the moments when I feel most inspired to get up and chase my goals.  Yet, I understand that sometimes it can be hard to wake up pissed off for greatness.  Your week may be kicking you in the ass so you may need a little boost to power you through.  Find your training partner.  Find someone who is better than you and forces you to rise up.  Forces you to get motivated and train hard when it’s the last thing you want to do.  It could be the most overlooked part of training, yet one of the most important.

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Reconstructing Your Breakfast by Andrew Ferreira

In this piece, I deliver everything you need to know in order to optimize your breakfast routine.  I don’t hand out some generic cookie-cutter plan that may work for some but not all.  No, instead I deliver concepts, plans of action, and guidelines in order to optimize your breakfast to fit your goals and make you feel the best each morning.

Here are the other great reads of the week found throughout the blogosphere:

Like Hell You Could by TC Luoma

I love this article.  To put it bluntly, most people aren’t successful because they don’t want it bad enough.  It’s not because they went to a crappy school or even went to no school at all.  You aren’t successful because when there’s money to be made, you choose sleep and comfort.  You’re afraid to hustle.  Same goes for why you’re 25, full of estrogen, skinny fat, and have the shoulder width of a pre-pubescent little boy.  You wouldn’t have a better body or live more legendary if you had more time to work out.  F*** that.  There are no excuses.  Either you do or you don’t.  Either you make time or your priorities are all fucked up and that’s why you don’t succeed.  Next time you start to tell yourself that you’d have X if given Y, stop.  There are no places for excuses.  Act.  Now.

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The Best Life and Training Advice I Received from a Homeless Man by Roger Law

The problem with most people is that when they finally find the balls to take action, they’re like a deer in the headlights and they have no clue where to go next.  Honestly, if all you do is say yes and take action you’ll be more successful than 99% of the people out there but we want the best here for you at Show Me Strength.  Roger Law does an excellent job of breaking down the steps in optimizing your plan of action.  First step: “Fuck a Wish.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Use these guidelines from Rog to learn how to embrace the suck, persevere through pain, and come out better than ever before because of it.

Why Michael Jordan Didn’t Fear Failure by Chad Howse

Chad is becoming a frequent visitor to our Reads of the Week series and for good reason.  I feel inspired after reading his stuff.  Creating inspiration through words certainly isn’t easy so I’m always appreciative of someone’s work who has this knack.  With that said, I could relate 150% with this article.  I was like Chad, I spent hours upon hours working when everyone was sleeping or partying.  Problem was, when the game happened, when I had the opportunity to showcase all the hard work I had just put in, my brain wouldn’t let me.  I was so consumed by mechanics or worrying about not screwing up that I would fail and it would leave me incredibly frustrated.  When I learned to trust in my hard work, see the game as an opportunity to enjoy myself and be loose, I played immensely better.  This approach, as Chad says, comes with a caveat though.  You can’t play loose and confident unless you know you are prepared.  This only comes through inordinate amounts of hard work.

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I’ll keep it short and sweet for the reads of the week.  Part of the reason for my brevity is that I don’t have any bad government jokes to deliver.  The other reason is that Chad and I are busy working on a mini-project that we’re pretty excited about and want to deliver to you as quickly as possible.

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Cockiness and personal bias aside, we write good stuff here at Show Me Strength.  Here is a list of the articles from this past week in case you missed them.

Why I Failed: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

In part 1 of the series, “Why I failed,” Travis Smith offers valuable insight into a problem so many young and experienced athletes fall into: program ADD.  You’re always looking for the very best next program instead of focusing on dominating the one you already have.

Hacking Your Offseason Volume 3: Supplement Guide for Dummies

To put it bluntly, the value of supplements is largely overrated in maximizing your training.  Most don’t work and the majority of individuals’ sole focus is on what supplements they need before making sure their nutrition and recovery is adequate.  Chad gives you the bare bones essentials you need to succeed and questions to ask yourself before you go breaking bank on the latest testosterone booster from China.

Breaking the Cycle of Mediocrity

Mediocrity consumes our lives.  Break the cycle today.  Create your legacy.

The Interwebz Reads of the Week:

 

Pitching Performance: Understanding Trunk Position at Foot Strike Part 12, and 3 by Eric Cressey and Matt Blake

Pitching is the fastest motion in all of sports with the angular velocity of the shoulder rotating upwards of 7200 degrees per second.  There a lot of pieces that are required to make this explosive transfer of energy as biomechanically efficient and explosive as possible.  In this article, Eric and Matt do an excellent job of dissecting the delivery from all ends of the spectrum including a great discussion of the interplay between functional anatomy, core stability, and how they interact to produce the different deliveries of pitchers. In parts 2 and 3, they offer a list of drills and progressions to maximize mobility and biomechanics to aid in creating the most efficient delivery possible.

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Boosting Recovery: Solutions to the Most Common Recovery Problems by Kurtis Frank

There are so many articles across the interwebz (thank you, John Romaniello) that are solely dedicated to training.  What exercises do I do to get bigger pecs?  How can I increase my squat max?  All these are well and good but they’re irrelevant unless we nail the other half of the equation… optimizing recovery.

Kurtis Frank of Examine.com, an impressive website dedicated to tackling the world of research involved in supplements and nutrition, does an excellent job thoroughly dissecting all the information you need to optimize your recovery.  From nutrition hacks to utilizing supplements that reduce stress, everyone stands to benefit from this article.

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Is School the Easy Way Out by Jonathan Goodman:

Is school your safety net?  Is it protecting you from the uncertainties of the real world?  Is it the place you run to when you’re afraid to take a risk and chase your passion?  Jon offers an interesting perspective to all these questions in the hope that you will use his deconstruction to ask the bigger question which is what do you really want out of life?

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I hope you’re not disappointed when you find that there are absolutely ZERO references or articles to the government lockout in this article.  It’s been discussed ad nauseum already and whether or not there’s a federal government will make zero impact on my training session tonight so I’m over it.

Just kidding, it’s important, but I still don’t know whether liberals find themselves on the political left or right and I went to the most liberal institution in the world so clearly you know where my priorities are.  Yes, I realize that my parent’s heads are buried in shame as we speak.

Without further ado, I’ll end my dismal political commentary and deliver the Show Me Strength Reads of the Week:

21 Reasons Why A Great Body Just Isn’t For You by Chad Howse:

This article very well could have been titled: 21 Reasons Why You Aren’t Successful.  Many of the excellent points Chad offers can be extrapolated to success in life.

You don’t take action.  You compare yourself to others.  You feel you don’t deserve it.  You’re afraid to work.

So often we hold ourselves back with our own destructive behavior or thinking.  Becoming cognizant of them, which Chad does, allows us a clearer vision in the pursuit of whatever we want out of life.

Stop Jerking Your Deadlift by Dean Somerset:

I know I’m especially prone to this bad habit.  If I can get it off the floor, I can usually complete the lift so at times I try and generate a stretch reflex before pulling.  No bueno.  As Dean eloquently dissects, this not only hurts force production (negatively affects our ability to create stability to pull heavy ass weight!) but can lead to greater potential for injuries.  It doesn’t matter if you pull a monster weight off the floor if you blow out a disc in the process.

The Myth of Female Specific Training by Tony Gentilcore:

Tony is hitting a cool crisp 1000 in making our reads of the week series and for good reason.  Female specific training is garbage. Put down the pink dumbbells.  Learn to squat and hip thrust and start cleaning up your diet and you’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve.  This myth has already been destroyed a zillion times but it’s worth repeating one last time: YOU WON’T GET BULKY.  Check out a group like Girls Gone Strong if you don’t believe me.

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