7 Must Reads in 2017 (Our “Best Of” Edition)

Phew! Over the past 365 days at Athlete Daily, we went on our first podcast, found ourselves at the center of a story and continued to expand our coverage of all things training, nutrition and mindset.

In 2017,  we lifted weights on a national stage, completed the Aerobic Capacity and Movement Fix certifications, helped people with their nutrition and watched many of you achieve goals you didn’t believe were possible. As the calendar flips to 2018, here’s a quick highlight reel of our most read-stories from the past year. (Note, stories were based on ’17 traffic. Not all stories were published in the past year. And none of them came anywhere close to this insanely popular read.)

Here they are, in order of No. 1 to No. 7…

WHAT I WISH I KNEW WHEN I STARTED
“I wish someone had told me how much this would change my life. How I’d start to pack my lunches, sneak in workouts and spend all my free time and money on the gym. How I’d sacrifice sleep and social events to get in a squat session.

How, even when my world was spinning, everything would get so quiet and peaceful when I loaded up that barbell. How it would get me through my dad’s death, problems at work, and that over-riding feeling that my life wasn’t going as I planned.” READ MORE.

7 Must Reads in 2017 --Athlete Daily

REALITY CHECK, WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY OF FITNESS
“Yes, life is about choices and we make ours the best we can. But it’s hard to not feel that twinge of envy when you see people in that stress-free PR phase, with no kids, crazy hours or other time crunches to get in the way of their fitness goals.

After all, people have careers, get married, have babies, start businesses, get sick, travel the world, etc. We are encouraged in the gym to celebrate small victories but to think about the big picture. It’s important, too, that we apply those same principles in life.” READ MORE

FOAM ROLLING DOESN’T DO WHAT YOU THINK (AND OTHER MOBILITY MYTHS BUSTED BY DR. QUINN HENOCH)

“You can’t lie on a foam roller for 60 seconds and expect things to change. We aren’t made of clay. If that was the case we’d have permanent dents in our body from a heavy barbell.” Think about it: your body is tough. Consider how hard we need to strength train to see changes.

Then how do you make real mobility changes and become a better mover and stronger lifter? How do you get past nagging aches and pains and assess and correct yourself, your athletes or your patients?” READ MORE

7 Must Reads in 2017 --Athlete Daily

YOUR LIFE IS NOT AN ENDLESS PR. STOP TREATING YOUR TRAINING THAT WAY.

“The best-angle, best-filter, best-lift of your life? It has a place, sure. Everyone is motivated by watching someone PR or transform their body. You know what else is motivating? The journey, the struggle. Showing your human side. Having the confidence to fail over and over until you succeed.

Fitness and nutrition is not a highlight reel. Your life is not one big PR. Stop treating your training like it should be.”

PERSIST-ENCE: ENCE ON FAILURE, SELF IMAGE AND LEARNING TO RISE

‘I was worried there was no reason for me to be a professional [athlete] and it was a fluke and people are going to figure it out and realize I was washed up. I thought, ‘I shouldn’t have won the regional in 2015.’ Even though it was all ridiculous, I couldn’t figure that out.”

Brooke Ence has spent the better part of the past year dealing with self-image issues and changing her thoughts. She will not get a chance at redemption at this year’s Regionals, a severely herniated C-6 and C-7 —operated on last week—made sure of that.” READ MORE

7 Must Reads in 2017 --Athlete Daily

WORLD RECORD HOLDER MATT WENNING: WHY EVERYONE SHOULD SUMO DEADLIFT

“If you mix and match the planes in which you train, and change constantly it’s a huge advantage, not just to the wear and tear, but to make you stronger in the weakest links. You see a lot of problems with these [training] systems coming out, they are not looking at trying to fix weakness or train in different planes constantly.

If you do this for twenty years you will realize how important that is. Doing the same thing all the time is what wears you down. If you want to train heavy and hard, it has to be different or you are going to have a problem.” READ MORE

7 Must Reads in 2017 --Athlete Daily

HYBRID PERFORMANCE METHOD: MERGING WEIGHTLIFTING AND POWERLIFTING

“They were asking how do you do this?,” said Hayden Bowe, who can snatch 145kg (319 lb.), deadlift 290.5kg (640 lb.), clean 182kg (400 lb.) and bench 182.5kg (402lbs) weighing 83 kg. “They wanted to know how are you structuring it so you can be good in both?”

And the Hybrid Performance Method was officially born.” READ MORE