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Strength and Conditioning Stuff You Should Read: 3/12/13

Written on March 12, 2013 at 12:01 am, by Eric Cressey

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

Some Thoughts on Crossfit – I thought Patrick Ward did an excellent job writing up this post, which features a review of a recent study performed on the efficacy of Crossfit.

Elite Training Mentorship – In this month’s update, I contributed an in-service on evaluating and managing “tight hamstrings” as well as a few articles and exercise demonstrations. Vaughn Bethell and Tyler English also contributed some excellent stuff, so check it out!

Unilateral Work: Don’t Forget the Upper Body – I wrote this blog post over at Men’s Health almost two years ago, but was reminded of it during a conversation I had with an athlete this week.  It seems like as good a time as any to bring it back to life!

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  • RS


    I’m amazed at how few people utilize any unilateral movements. I’ve made them a staple in my training, and the results have been eye-opening, especially in the areas of movement quality, strength and overall body awareness.


  • Jeff

    Hi Eric,

    This is a great video series. I’m going to make an effort to do this each day for a month.

    One thing though – I am able to bring left foot up to glute in the hip flexor stretch and make it through 4-5 reps. But when I try with the right foot to glute – I can’t hold it there – it’s like a super tight elastic band on that side and I go flying backwards.

    Any tips / recommendations for improving flexibility to help with that stretch. This series will be key for me as I work in an office all day

  • Eric Cressey


    Just keep working on it. You may need to do it a bit less aggressive (don’t pull the foot up as much), but be persistent and it should improve over time.

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