Sunday Seven: The Week’s 7 Most Popular Articles, Vol. 48

Every Sunday we post the “Sunday Seven” so you can quickly see the 7 most popular articles of the week. This week: babies and biomechanics, training tips, mature athletes, 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 most popular posts cover upper body strength for babies, whether you should train strength or cardio first, mature athletes, and more!

1. Katy Bowman and the Biomechanics of Human Growth: The Necessity of Monkey Business (Nicole Crawford)

Monkey bars are often blamed for injuries. Katy Bowman’s kids have them in their bedrooms. Learn why she thinks babies – yes, babies! – should cultivate upper body strength and how to do it safely.

2. Doing Cardio First Lowers Your Testosterone and GH (Jeff Barnett)

Strength first or cardio first? A new study looks at hormone levels 24 and 48 hours post workout and finds lower testosterone, growth hormone, and TSH when athletes did cardio first.

3. Getting Older Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Compete (Doug Dupont)

Does being in your 30s and 40s mean your athletic performance has to decline? Not necessarily – science looks at duathlon competitors and baseball players and examines the facts.

4. How to Build Jumping Ability in Weightlifters (Bob Takano)

The relationship between jumping ability and weightlifting performance is strong, but how do you build your jumping? Here are some drills appropriate for lifters of all ages and stages of development.

5. A Week-by-Week Guide to Becoming a Runner (Later in Life and/or Safely) (Andrew Read)

Forget your “Couch to 10K” article. Here’s the way to become a runner. It’ll take time, but you’ll avoid injury – especially if you’re older than 35 – and complete your race, mud run, or triathlon.

6. How to Get Maximally Lean and Super Muscly with Pat Flynn (Pat Flynn)

These 4 weeks of workouts are dedicated in whole to getting you maximally lean and super muscly. They will focus on one thing mostly, and that’s metabolic conditioning.

7. How a Weekend of AcroYoga Expanded My Possibilities (Mahala Grant-Grierson)

What happens when acrobatics meet yoga? A whole lot of excitement and possibility. For me, it was a weekend of freedom and it all began from the moment I said “yes” to the experience.