Train Your Brain :: Stuff To Read This Week {August 6, 2017}


For about 6 months now, I’ve been eyeing a sled on Amazon. There are a lot of reasons why I want one: my gym doesn’t have one, I hate traditional cardio, Ulysses — my pitbull — would love being hooked up to it. The real reason is that it’s crazy good for building strength, speed, and power all at the same time.Want to boost your athleticism? Sleds are for you.

Want to boost your athleticism? Sleds.

Want to lost fat? Sleds.

Want to improve your stamina? Sleds.

AND…you can do them in shoes or on-skates. #versatility

So while I don’t normally name an article of the week, I’m doing it this week. Actually 3 articles on how to use sleds in your training:

  1. Sled Pulling for Leg Strength
  2. Sled Pull Complex 1
  3. Sled Pull Complex 2

All three of these articles come from Nick Tuminello through T-Nation. But sleds (pulling or pushing) are tough. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Also on the exercise front…

No Crunches Please: A 3 Phase Core Workout

by Justin Lind/Breaking Muscle

Crunches are good. Sometimes. But if you want to prepare your core (and your entire body) for dynamic movement, it’s a good idea to branch out and find other moves. These are great for developing the kind of core strength that will transfer to the track and keep you from looking like one of those arm-flailing tube men. (NOTE: Weird that so many of these are unilateral. Hmmm.)

What to Do When It Just Isn’t For You

by Doug Hay/No Meat Athlete

Learning new skills is hard. And sometimes, especially if the skill is particularly complex or takes a long time to master, you feel like giving up. Maybe you find yourself looking in the mirror and saying, “You know what. This just isn’t for me.” But is that true? And how do you keep plugging away when you find yourself thinking that?

The Five Levels of Skill Development

by Daniel Tromello/Breaking Muscle

Which level are you at? And how do you level up?


The Hard Hat

by Jon Gordon

The Hard Hat tells the true story of a lacrosse player, George Boiardi, that took the idea of being a great teammate to the next level. He died playing the game he loved and his team still make sure that all the players know how to be a teammate like George.


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