Stuff You Should Read

Laws of Strength Training, Kettlebell Swings, and Smoking

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from Bret Contreras, BJ Gaddour, and NPR.


Inner Circle and Updates

Last week’s Inner Circle webinar on how I use kettlebells in shoulder rehabilitation is now online and available to watch for all Inner Circle members.  I thought this webinar came out great and shows some nice little tips that you can put to use right away.  November’s webinar will be on How to Stay Current with Evidence to Enhance Outcomes.  This will be a discussion and demonstration of some of the systems I have set up online (for free!) to stay on top of current trends.  I always preach how we need to keep learning and stay current, well, this is how I do it.  I’ll show you a simple system you can set up to easily stay current.  Not sure yet on the date and time, I’ll announce as soon as I schedule.  Click here to learn more about my Inner Circle. posted an awesome talk by Dr. Lyle Cain on the Biomechanics, Classification, and Treatment of Rotator Cuff Injuries.  There is a ton of information in this one and I feel like everyone should see this to understand the rotator cuff and how surgeons think about these injuries.  Not only will this really expand your knowledge of rotator cuff injuries, it will really enhance how well you can communicate about these injuries to your referral sources. has been on a roll this last month with a bunch of great webinars added.  There is no other website on the internet posting this many webinars a month from true world renowned experts.  Here is just a list of webinars added in the last month alone:

  • Biomechanics, Classification, and Treatment of Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability: Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment
  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: Integrating DNS into Core Training
  • Current Concepts in the Treatment of ACL Injuries
  • Shoulder Prehab Exercises for Athletes
  • Pitchfork Exercise for Posterior Chain Training in Athletes
  • Training Rotational Power in Athletes
  • Labral Tears in Throwers: Diagnosis and Surgical Management



20 Almost Laws of Strength Training

Bret Contreras wrote a really great article on T-Nation recently about his 20 “almost” laws of strength training.  I specifically liked #’s 10 and 11.  Looking forward to part 2, however, it is becoming obvious that there are many ways to skin a cat!  (that’s a weird expression, BTW…  why would you want to skin a cat?!).



Kettlebell Swing Variations

BJ Gaddour shares 85 kettlebell swing variations.  I received a lot of feedback after my last Inner Circle webinar on how to integrate kettlebells into shoulder rehab.  While we didn’t talk about more traditional kettlebell exercises, like swings, there are many great uses if done at the appropriate time.  BJ shows you 85 different swings to consider.



Heart Attacks Drop After Banning Smoking

Are you like me and live somewhere that has banned smoking in public places?  Isn’t it amazing when you go somewhere else and have people smoking while you eat?  Two recent studies have shown that banning smoking results in a drop in heart attack risk in as little as two months!  Amazing that we still want to smoke when we are banning it in public, shouldn’t that tell you something?  Or is it more amazing that we as a society still allow smoking to occur, something that has no health benefits and has been shown extensively to harm you.  Amazing.  Yes I wrote “amazing” 4 times (OK, five now…) but I am still amazed by this (six…).