Sunday Seven: The Week’s 7 Most Popular Articles, Vol. 58

Every Sunday we post the “Sunday Seven” so you can quickly see the 7 most popular articles of the week. This week: the American swing, back squats vs. front squats, deadlift tips, 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 the American swing, back squats versus front squats, unstable training, kettlebells, deadlift tips, and more!

1. Rationalizing the Swing: Why the American Swing is Wrong (Andrew Read)

There’s the American kettlebell swing, and then there’s the kettlebell swing done correctly. Let me explain why the American swing is not just wrong, but bad for your body.

2. Save Your Back By Switching to Front Squats (Linsay Way)

The back squat may be an effective exercise, but it’s biomechanically just a bad idea. Consider the front squat as a healthy and powerful alternative.

3. Science Says You Should Ditch the Unstable Surface Training (Doug Dupont)

We’ve all seen people doing weight training on some crazy unstable surface. Does it actually do something for you? Science took a look and said no.

4. Kettlebells Improve Balance and Job Satisfaction (Jeff Barnett)

Office workers trained with kettlebells for eight weeks, and not only did their balance and postural coordination improve, but they liked their jobs and their colleagues more.

5. Get a Big Squat: The Russian Squat Routine vs. the Smolov Squat Routine (Chet Morjaria)

Plateaued on your squat? It’s time to call on the Russians if you want to get stronger. Compare the Russian Squat Routine and the Smolov Routine, then get ready for some pain.

6. How to Deadlift More (Book Excerpt) (Andy Bolton)

I’m going to walk you through how I deadlift – step by step. You might be missing some small, but important details that could make the difference in lifting a lot more.

7. You’re Going to See This Again: Fitness Trends Are Talking and You Need to Listen (Andrew Read)

The fitness industry is giving us some real clues right now, but are you paying attention? Bodyweight and movement-based training are trends for a valid reason.