All posts by Andrew Read

The 3 Most Effective Kettlebell Exercises for the Advanced Trainee

The 3 Most Effective Kettlebell Exercises for the Advanced Trainee

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I recently wrote a three-exercise kettlebell program that I coined “Recon Ron 2.0.” The whole premise of it was to design a program that yielded the best possible results in a short time span. It was never designed to be a lifelong program to follow — if such a thing even exists — nor did I consider the exercises necessarily the most important kettlebell drills.…

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Why More Is Better and Intervals Can Be a Bad Choice

Why More Is Better and Intervals Can Be a Bad Choice

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10,000 hours. That’s the number it is said to take to master something. 10,000 hours of hard work to get world class.

But what if you don’t want to be world-class as an athlete — what if you just want to be in really good shape? How many hours does that take?

If we start with what 10,000 hours might look like broken down into a weekly target, we can work our way backward and figure out the hours you need to put in to achieve your fitness goals — as well as the most effective thing to do during those hours.…

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How to Create an Effective Workout Program in 2 Simple Steps

How to Create an Effective Workout Program in 2 Simple Steps

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What if you had to write an exercise program for someone (or for yourself)? Where would you start? Would you start with basic bodybuilding movements or would you go for the big three power lifts?

Right now, in gyms all over the world, people are answering these questions. And right now, their clients are getting bigger and stronger. But what if “bigger” and “stronger” are only the answers to a very small number of questions and we, the general public, has been led astray by sports strength and conditioning?…

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The Golden Mean Training Plan: A Simple Template for Success

The Golden Mean Training Plan: A Simple Template for Success

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At the beginning of each year, it is easy to be fooled into thinking you need a new workout. New year, new you, and all that jazz. Don’t be fooled by fitness marketing hype.

The basics are the basics for a good reason — they work.

Let’s face it, squats don’t stop working to make you stronger just because you’ve been doing them for a while.…

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The holidays are done and whatever transpired can’t be changed. But you can take a more intelligent approach to diving back into your training and making fitness part of your routine again. Here are five guidelines for formulating your own post-holiday exercise plan of attack

How to Launch a Successful Post-Holiday Exercise Plan of Attack

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It’s easy to get derailed during the holiday season. Work accelerates because everyone is frantically trying to finish tasks before the end of the year, but this happens at a time when most people’s brains are already in vacation mode. With more work on your plate and everybody else moving at a slower pace, it’s easy for things like your training to take a back seat.…

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The 4 Principles of Healthy and Effective Exercise After 40

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I am inundated with health and fitness advice daily. I’m sure you are, too, and just like you, I need to apply a careful filter to what I pay attention to and what I ignore.

One of the things I am less and less inclined to pay attention to is the advice of someone much younger than me. The reason is quite simple — a thirty-year-old just doesn’t know what it’s like to try to stay active in their forties.…

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Get Fit by Trusting Your Gut: 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Get Fit by Trusting Your Gut: 5 Questions You Need to Ask

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Training and diet aren’t rocket science. Any website or article that tries to tell you otherwise is just trying to sell you something.

Inside all of us is a very perceptive brain, often called the lizard brain. The lizard brain is a throwback to our ancestors and is often associated with visceral feelings. You know that time you got a bad “vibe” from that one guy and he turned out to be a criminal?…

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Training Smarter as You Get Older

The 3 Steps to Training Smarter as You Pass 50

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When it comes to training information, there has never been a better time to be alive. All the best authors and greatest minds are right there at your fingertips. Books, research papers, blog posts, and even forum posts directly from these authorities make learning easy. But the information is often pitched at one demographic — the twenty- to thirty-year-old male looking to be (pick one) jacked, super strong, or ripped.…

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The Walk/Run Program 2.0: Run for 60 Minutes Straight in 13 Weeks

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Running is one of those things that most people either love or hate. Usually, the two camps are divided by one factor — skill.

The group of people who love running tend to have run earlier in life and picked up some skill at it. Like with many things, those who develop a particular physical skill early will often have a seemingly “natural” ability at it later, even if they don’t perform that task often.…

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Training for a Healthy Heart

The Best Way to Exercise for a Healthy Heart After Age 40

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What would you give up to reach your strength goals? The internet is filled with inspiring videos and memes — “When you want success as much as you want air, then you will be successful” — and all that.

But are we focused on the wrong thing? As I’ve gotten older, two things have started to happen. First, I recognize the place training should have in my life, which means it is there to support the rest of my life not be the central piece to my entire life.…

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The fitness industry matrix

How to Escape the Fitness Industry Matrix and Get Healthy

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Recently in the cycling media, a long-time and trusted source did the unthinkable. He spilled the beans on the house of cards that product reviews and magazines are based on.

The short version goes like this:

Magazines don’t really make money off you, the reader. They make money by advertising products. Most articles in the magazine are really ads disguised as journalism and more often than not money changes hands so that products are reviewed favorably against their peers.…

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