Good Reads for the Week: 2/16/2013

Posted on by Ben Bruno

Hope everyone had a good week. It’s about to get a bit better because I’ve got another good edition of Good Reads for you to peruse.

First though, I just wanted to remind to please sign up for my free newsletter to the right. I haven’t done a great job promoting it, but I’m planning to start using that more to keep you updated on what I’m what to, so I’d love for you to join so we can start to build a sense of community here. Thanks.

Now for the reason you came to this post: the articles.

Here’s a blog I wrote earlier in the week that you may’ve missed.

Sliding Pushup Reach

And here are the best of the rest. Enjoy!

Squat Technique: How to Set Up Properly by Tony Gentilcore

15 Static Stretching Mistakes by Eric Cressey

Why You Need to Warm Up Properly and How to Do So by Keith Scott

Quick and Easy Ways to Feel and Move Better by Greg Robins

Obliterating Your Weak Links by Lee Boyce

6 Ways to Make Your Body Hate You by Tony Gentilcore

My 6 Most Important Training Discoveries by Charles Staley

Feeling the Muscle vs. Moving the Weight by Dr. Clay Hyght

Personal Trainers Unite: A Call to Action by Greg Justice

Exercise to Dominate Your Shoulder by Smitty Diesel

Punch the Clock Workouts by Mike Robertson

NFL Combine: Inside the Numbers by Michael Zweifel

How A Man Ages by Lou Schuler (Not exactly fitness-related, but I thought this was cool)

10 Ways to Train Your Core Without Crunches by Alli McKee

Interview with Patrick Ward

Fine Tuning the Band Pullapart by Eric Cressey

Random Thoughts from Bret Contreras

Why and How to Stretch Before You Throw by Mike Reinold

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Pull-up Improvement by Will Rouse

Sports Science Roundtable by Sam Leahey and Patrick Davidson

Bust Through Your Fat-Loss Plateau by Molly Galbraith

Bust Through Your Fat Loss Plateau Part 2 by Molly Galbraith

What to Do If You Can’t Squat Deep by Eric Cressey

Accelerate Gains by Overreaching by Todd Bumgardner and Dr. Mike Roussell

Conditioning in Bad Weather by Jim Wendler

Qualities of the Private Sector High School Strength Coach by Chase Karnes

5 Lifts to Increase Mobility by Dan Blewett

Should You Actually Be Eating More and Exercising Less? by Nia Shanks

How to Do the Perfect Pushup by Dr. John Berardi

GPP for Weightlifters by Jacob Tsypkin

Heel Pain and Shoewear Modification by Chris Johnson

Barbell Farmer’s Carries with Banded Kettlebell by Doug Spurling

Quick Video Tips from Doug Spurling

6 Week Fat Blast by Jon Erik Kawamoto

5 Tips For Cold Weather Training by Jon Erik Kawamoto

Bench to Kettlebell Press More by Pavel Tsatsouline

That’s all for this week. Hope you liked the list. Have a great weekend!

P.S. Check out my new toy that I got this week. It’s the new Dead-Squat bar from T-Nation, and so far I’ve been like a kid in a candy store playing around with it. It makes the regular trap bar look so puny in comparison.

Be on the lookout for some videos on my You Tube page (please subscribe!) and Twitter (please follow!).

  • Jake

    What’s the difference between the dead squat bar and the regular trap bar, other than the fact that you can load more weight?

    • Ben Bruno

      There are a few differences. 1) It holds a lot more weight. I’ve maxed out the regular trap bar, so this is good. 2) The knurling is a lot better than a normal bar. 3) The bar is rackable, so it opens up the possibiliity to do pulls from the rack as well as pressing. Plus, it holds chains must better than a regular trap bar. Nothing wrong with a regular trap too, but I really like this so far.

  • Stephan R

    I guess the non-parallel handles on the dead squat put less stress on the wrists. Other than that, I will continue sticking to the regular trapbar as it offers two different heights to pull from.

    By the way, the dead squat bar is like almost 4 times the price of the regular trapbar.

    • Ben Bruno

      Nothing wrong with the regular trap bar, but see my comments to Jake below. The angled handles are nice, but are not really a factor why I like it.