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Strength and Conditioning Stuff You Should Read: 12/6/12

Written on December 6, 2012 at 7:33 am, by Eric Cressey

Here’s this week’s list of recommended strength and conditioning reading:

Elite Training Mentorship – I normally post my updates here once a month, but this month, it’s especially exciting, as we’re running at “30 days for $1″ trial at ETM, and as a bonus for signing up, you get all the presentations from the Fitness Business Weekend.  So, effectively, you’re receiving education on the training and business sides of the fitness industry, and you certainly can’t beat the price!  Head over to the Elite Training Mentorship site for details, but don’t wait, as the deal ends this Friday at midnight.

By the way, for those interested, my in-service this month was “Understanding Common Shoulder Conditions and Surgeries,” and I also had two articles and exercise demonstrations posted.

Everybody, Never, and Always – This blog from my friend and business partner, Tony Gentilcore, is a great post on why “absolutes” are never a good fit in our industry. He cites some specific examples, but just as importantly, encourages you to consider how these three words apply to your own training.

Is it Dangerous to Squeeze the Glutes During Hip Extension Exercises? – This was a great Q&A from Bret Contreras on how to cue athletes during exercises like glute bridges, deadlifts, and kettlebell swings.

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  • Brian

    Hey Eric. The Elite Training Membership sounds great. Might have to try it out. I’m wondering if you’ve had a chance to review the IYCA Youth Nutrition Certification? I’m thinking about going for it, but have this question: Will there be ongoing review of current research within the field of nutrition to constantly update the curriculum of the certification? I feel like this is a field with so many theories, but not a lot of 100% fact. As you know, right now there is a strongly growing movement of getting back to “ancestral food” or “paleo/primal food.” Does this certification go into that? With the gene science research tools we have today, we now know “a calorie is a calorie” is definitely not true.

    I am currently in my 7th year as a K-6 Health & Physical Education Teacher & Middle School Basketball Coach. Based on my field, which of the IYCA certifications do you feel would be most useful/relevant for me? (besides the nutrition one)

    I appreciate your time & thoughts. Thanks.

  • http://ericcressey.com Eric Cressey

    Hi Brian,

    I actually haven’t seen the Youth Nutrition Certification yet, but if you reach out to the folks at the IYCA, I’m sure they can give you more detailed info.

    I’d look at the Youth Fitness Specialist programs.


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