Good Fitness (and Life) Reads for the Week: Do You Hate Mondays? How Can a Woman Do Her First Chinup? Why So Many Youth Pitching Injuries?

Hope everyone is having a great Friday. Let's get right to the list:

Do You Love Mondays? - Martin Rooney

"Do you count the minutes until work is finished on Friday? Do you wish Sunday had 30 hours instead of 24? Is Monday the most difficult day to hear the alarm clock? If you had all the money in the world, what would you do for a living?

Rooney Rule: Successful people love Mondays.

Being successful isn’t about being rich, it is first about untying your “knot” and being happy. Most people measure success in wealth. I believe that you cannot put a price on doing what you love." - Martin Rooney

This post really resonated with me, as I left two career paths deemed "foolproof" by society (first engineering, and second, physical therapy) to pursue doing what I ultimately loved: teaching others how to become stronger, faster, and look and feel better via a career as a strength and conditioning coach.

It wasn't easy, and I faced a lot of questioning by well-intentioned peers and parents, but it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Did it take some treading in deep waters? Yep. Were there some moments where I wondered, "Is this really going to work out?" Sure. Did I have to (and still do) put in some very long days? Yep. Did it require me to "jump," hoping the net would appear? You bet. Was it worth it? Every moment.

This post hit it spot on: You can't put a price on doing what you love.

Well said here Martin.

Chin-Up Progressions for Women (The One Rep Hump) - Part I, Part II, and Part III - Tony Gentilcore

"If you have the ability to grow a human being inside your body and push it out, you undoubtedly have the ability to bang out a chin-up.  And might I add:  in MUCH less time than nine months." -TG

Here Tony put together a fantastic three-part series on helping females get over that "one-rep hurdle" in the realm of chinups. It wasn't so much the progressions that were the "ah-hah" moment for me (although they're certainly great progressions), but how much he emphasized the attitude most females take toward doing their first pullup/chinup.

If you don't think you can do something, how do you expect to ever actually do it?!?!

I highly recommend you check this out whether you are a trainer, a female trying to do her first chinup, or a male seeking to help his significant other conquer the bodyweight chin (or, heck, even for the males in the crowd who struggle with that one-rep hurdle).

The Real Reason Why There are so Many Youth Pitching Injuries - Mike Reinold

Considering that baseball players make up the majority of our clientele, I felt Mike really hit a home run with this one.

That was a pun, by the way. See what I did there?

Anyway, if you are a youth baseball coach - or father, for that matter - READ THIS.

It becomes very exhausting, as a strength coach, when kids continue to show up at your door with arm/shoulder injuries as a result of their coaches failing to do something as simple as educating themselves.