The title on this one says it all, keyword should.  I mean, between watching videos of guys getting hit in the nuts and monkeys throwing feces at each other on Youtube maybe you could read something beneficial while you are pretending to work.  I know that it’s not always easy to find a good website like since you all don’t have the time I do (read: no social life) to dig through the plethora of info on the interwebz.

Thus, I have appointed myself to do all the footwork for you and dig through the bagillions of articles that are out there and bring you my top 3 for the week every Monday.

Why only 3?

Because I value your time of course.  I could give you hundreds of articles but will you honestly read them all?  Probably not.  I am going to give you just enough to fill your skull for the week.

Why Monday you might ask?

Well, between starting my new E-book project and getting hit by September like a ton of bricks with an influx of new clients and others returning from vacation something has to give.  And I live with my girlfriend of course who will also hit me like a ton of bricks if I do not make time for her and to help out around the house.  I was really starting to believe that the dishes and floor washed themselves like in Fantasia.  I was wrong.

So if you are like me and wake up at 4:30 on a Monday and are looking for something to break up the monotony check out these articles and you may learn a thing or two.

Here are my picks for this week:

Training Attitude – by Me

Self serving, I know but I just wrote this yesterday and I want to make sure that NO ONE skips over it.  It is one of the more serious and compelling pieces I have written and something I feel very strongly about.  Having the right attitude applies to everyone and without it not only will your training suffer but so will most other aspects of your life.  Plus I’m pretty sure baby unicorns will die.

Nutrition 101 – Steve Troutman

This should be obvious...but why?

This is simply the next step to success after getting your head in the game.  Without proper nutrition you are wasting your time.  So you might as well stop exercising and go for that second pint of Ben and Jerrys while you sit in your own self pitty.

For the rest of you who need a one-stop-shop reference for the basics of how, what, when and why to eat, this is the place.  This is a static page on Steve’s site that he is frequently updating with new material based on the most up-to-date research.  Basically, if your diet sucks you have to read this.

Benchpress – by Mike Robertson

This last article is due to the fact that my eyes bleed every time I watch someone bench in a corporate fitness facility.  I want to get on the loud speaker every Monday to yell “your doing it wrong!!” but I have a little more self control than that.  Not much more though.

For most of my clients, the bench is one of the least beneficial pressing exercises.  Since most people struggle with the prereq’s such as proper push up technique I start there.  Then move to dumbbells and unstable push ups on a stability ball or BOSU and sometimes even single arm push ups.  Then, and only then will I put someone on a flat bar.  If you have made it this far, check out this article by Mike.  It covers everything you need to know.

That’s all for today and since it’s Monday, that means its time to go PR on the squat rack.  Do work!

Written by Steve