Sunday Seven: The Week’s 7 Most Popular Articles, Vol. 11

Every Sunday we post the "Sunday Seven" so you can quickly see the 7 most popular articles of the week. This week - compression gear, plyometrics, foam rolling, and more!

Every Sunday we post the “Sunday Seven” so you can quickly see the 7 most popular articles of the week. This week’s list of popular topics includes foam rolling, compression gear, plyometrics, life as a CrossFit intern, and more!

1. Does Foam Rolling Really Work? (Joshua Wortman)

Any serious athlete swears by the recovery properties of foam rolling. But what does the research say? Does foam rolling really DO anything? Read on to find out what science says about foam rolling.

2. Increasing Forces: Using the Kettlebell Swing to Increase Strength and Speed (Andrew Read)

The vertical jump is revered as a test of force production. Research shows kettlebell swings can increase vertical jump. Swings, done correctly, can increase both strength and speed in athletes.

3. My Life as a CrossFit Intern: An Exercise in Mindfulness (Danette “Dizzle” Rivera)

Twice a week, I steal away from the sinking ship that is my job to intern for a few hours at CrossFit LA. The simplicity of my internship serves as a meditative portal to a more meaningful phase.

4. The Do It All Exercise To Go From Dead Butt to Active Arse (Willow Ryan)

Spend too many hours a day sitting at a desk or being inactive? These exercises will help you locate your butt muscles AND learn how to get them active and stronger.

5. Compression Gear Shown to Increase Performance (Joshua Wortman)

You see a lot of people wearing compression gear, for both recovery and performance reasons…but does it work? New research shows the gear does indeed have an impact on performance.

6. Defying Stagnation: An Interview With Heather Tiddens, Part 2 (Traver H. Boehm)

Former pro-surfer turned yoga instructor Heather Tiddens talks about at first she was dubious of trying yoga, and then just one class changed the course of her life.

7. The “Welcome to Hell” Squat Routine: How to Come Back Fast After a Layoff (Nick Horton)

There are few things more daunting to fitness enthusiast than having to come back from a long break. Find out how I came back and added 35kg to my back squat in two weeks.