As a female, I can't help but be fascinated by the images of women in the fitness world. The topic came up a few times this past week, ranging from debate over Stacie Tovar's striptease before the CrossFit Open workout to Molly Galbraith wrestling with how these images make her female clients feel. Both conversations elicited much discussion from our readers. For that reason, both the articles in question made my picks this week, as well as five others I personally feel you shouldn't miss.


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10 Deal Breakers That May Be Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

I know you all put a lot of time and work into your fitness, so wouldn't it suck to find out you're getting in your own way? Well, not really if it helps you get out of your way and start making progress again, right? This article outlines ten things you might be doing that are inhibiting your efforts.

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Why Extreme Workouts Matter: Strength = Freedom = Happiness
Getting strong isn't about getting strong for no other purpose than to move a barbell around. Getting strong is about liberating you in your life and helping you achieve your full potential and happiness. Dan Vinson shares with us how his "extreme" workouts do this for him.


Understanding Periodization: A Brief Explanation for Coaches and Programmers

There are so many things to learn as a newer coach and one that often gets swept under the rug is the concept of periodization. It's something the Russians figured out a long time ago and it's still important for all coaches to study and understand.


The Top 4 CrossFit Open 14.3 WTF Moments

Sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder.


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Your Food and Your Mood: Carbs, Depression, and Cognitive Decline

What if one change in your diet could innoculate you from depression, Alzheimer's disease, and other cognitive maladies? You'd probably consider doing it, right? Well, what if that one change was eating a lot fewer carbohydrates?


Tips For Cultivating a Positive Body Image for Your Female Clients

Are you working out to fix what's wrong with your body? Or are you working out because you love your body just as it is? Can you even imagine living your life in that second scenario? It would certainly be very freeing. Molly Galbraith gives us some tips on how to get there.


Xenon Wins Gold Medals - Is It The New Blood-Doping?

I don't know about you, but I love a good science geek out - especially when it involves sensational topics like blood doping. I'm not even kidding, you get a big dose of chemistry, international intrigue, high performance sports, and life saving medicine in this one.