Suggested Reading

None of these articles or posts are new.  If you haven’t read them before then take a look, there is some great information.  If you have read some these they are definitely worth another look, from some of the best in the business.

Occam’s Razor in Program Design – Brett Jones

This is one of my favorites because it makes me feel smart to read it.  Training can be made difficult with a lack of direction and too many ideas.  Keep it simple.  Philosophy is cool.

The Hierarchy of Fat Loss – Alwyn Cosgrove

The Importance of Barefoot Training – Martin Rooney


As I’ve said before on this site, barefoot training is important, the shoe industry is a joke (see Skechers Shape Ups and MBT), and Martin Rooney knows what he is talking about.

What Makes Muscle, Keeps Muscle. Why Women Should Lift Heavy Things – Tony Gentilcore

Don’t Lighten Up – Michael Boyle

Dan John is wise like the little green one with lessons in more than just training.

Work, Rest, Play, Pray: Explained – Dan John


4 thoughts on “Suggested Reading

  1. Jack

    Hello – I just discovered just site, I don't know how, probably by accident. I like your writing style and information.

    I'm going to reccomend it to Bret Contreas. Hopefully, he can put you on his "good reads for the week."

    Good luck and I look forward to reading more from you.

    • MikeBaltren

      Thanks Jack. Much appreciated. We probably don't post often enough but hopefully we can keep providing some quality stuff. Bret's the man. I always love reading his work.

  2. mark reifkind


    I totally agree yet the real problem is that the fitness industry and the general population in general ( pun intended) worship at the alter of increased performance

    from losing weight to getting bigger, stronger faster everyone wants to "make progress" and yet so few are willing to pay the price that almost always entails.

    the prescription for health is so simple: eat well, move well and don't push yourself to your limits but that can be, well, rather boring.

    We can't eat our cake and have it too; health has little to do with "training" and high performance anything has little to do with health. Just the way it is.

    I have no issues with either side I just wish the industry would stop chastising athletes for getting hurt pushing their limits when the industry is all about that!

    these days if you are a trainer and get hurt it's a strike against your ability to make good choices in exercise selection and program design.

    uh; NO.

    good post though.

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