Sunday Seven: The Week’s 7 Most Popular Articles, Vol. 45

Every Sunday we post the “Sunday Seven” so you can quickly see the 7 most popular articles of the week. This week: the top 10 fitness blog contest, CrossFit coaching, mobility, 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 top articles cover our top 10 blog contest, the continuing debate about pain and CrossFit, Kelly Starrett’s mobility seminar, functional training, and more!

1. The 2013 Top 10 Fitness Blog Contest – Nominate Your Favorite Blog to Win!

(Breaking Muscle HQ)

Have a favorite fitness blog? Think they deserve to be recognized as one of the best? Nominate them here! The 20 most nominated sites go before our judges to be considered for the Top 10!

2. CrossFit Doesn’t Hurt – Bad Coaching Hurts (Mike Tromello)

This article is a rebuttal to the article “It’s CrossFit and It’s Going to Hurt” by Josh Bunch. CrossFit doesn’t have to hurt. Bad coaching hurts, and you find it everywhere, not just in CrossFit.

3. How Kelly Starrett’s Mobility Seminar Ruined Me (Danette “Dizzle” Rivera)

I know that tearing down to rebuild better is a great thing. Kelly Starrett did not ruin me, he just opened my eyes. It’s time to relearn movement basics – maybe even learn them for the first time.

4. Re-thinking Functional Movement: The Sling Systems of the Body (Josh Henkin)

Watch this video and read the article to understand the “sling systems” of the body, what’s potentially missing from your programming, and exercises you can incorporate to address this.

5. Taking a Sledgehammer to a Fly: The Proper Coaching of CrossFit (Jennifer Higgins)

Debate continues on the role of pain in CrossFit. Coach Jennifer explains that at her gym they have two different programs – one for athletes, and one for everyday people. “Pain” becomes relative.

6. The Tips of the Icebergs: Why You Should Thank Your Grappling Coaches and Heroes (Valerie Worthington)

There are two icebergs. The iceberg of the knowledge our BJJ instructors possess, and the iceberg of the sacrifices they have made to bring that knowledge to us. Don’t forget to say thanks.

7. Is My Birth Control Stopping My Progress in the Gym? (Vanessa Bennington)

Did you ever wonder if the reason you haven’t been able to reach your deadlift goal or see your abs might be related to that little pill you take every morning to keep you from having a kiddo?