Every Sunday we post the “Sunday Seven” so you can quickly see the seven most popular articles of the week. This week’s most popular posts cover the iliotibial band, common squat mistakes, the AbMat, supplements, combining bodyweight and weight training, the CrossFit Games, and GPP!
1. Your IT Band is Not the Enemy (But Maybe Your Foam Roller Is) (Robert Camacho)
Chances are high that if you’ve ever used a roller, you’ve used it to roll out your iliotibial band. Stop abusing your IT band. It is your friend, and you haven’t been treating it like one.
2. 8 Common Squatting Mistakes and How to Correct Them For Stronger Squats (Chet Morjaria)
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone squats. Through the combo of these two things, I’ve worked out eight common mistakes that limit squatting potential and how to correct them.
3. The AbMat Is Awesome – Here’s Why (Meghan Rovig)
There is always someone in class who asks, “Why do I need an AbMat?” No one can seem to truly answer this elusive question. Why do we need an AbMat? And for goodness’ sake, which way do we turn it?
4. 4 Supplements That Are Good for Your Life, as Well as Your Lifting (Spencer Nadolsky)
Nitrate, creatine, pycnogenol, and acetyl-L-carnitine are good examples of supplements with well-documented effects, but also great potential for more health-oriented discoveries.
5. Combining Bodyweight Exercise and Weight Training for Maximum Benefit (Ryan Hurst)
Which is better, bodyweight exercise or weight training? The answer is neither is better. In fact, often you will get more benefit if you use both approaches together.
6. 10 Opinions on The CrossFit Games Open (Breaking Muscle HQ)
It’s that time of year again. Thoughts are turning to the impending CrossFit Games Open. Here are ten opinions on the Open from those who have been there before.
7. GPP Forever: How to Avoid Accidental Specialization and Actually Get Fit (Andrew Read)
Personal training has become overtaken by all the “strength coaches” out there. Except do you know what beginners need? GPP – not SPP.
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