It’s already December, which means sooner or later there’s going to be a lot of “Best of 2015″ lists and round-ups from this year. We’re already sharing one this week. Meanwhile, this month I’m spending a lot of time with potential partners and investors, so my list this week should probably be filled with work from Sam Altman and various other high profile entrepreneurs and investors. But I’m not sure any of you would enjoy that, so back to our world!

Given Christmas is around the corner now, let’s talk a little about helping getting your friends, family and clients in better shape all year around with a very inexpensive home gym. Brian St Pierre keeps it simple with this ever relevant blog post from 2009 on what’s best to spend your money on when you want a home gym on a budget. Bonus: as trainers, if you go to your clients’ homes to help them work out, then you can pack all of this stuff (the pull up bar and kettlebells might be a bit cumbersome and heavy respectively) in a bag or two and keep it in your car with you all the time.

You can find the blog post here.

Talking of the basics, John Izzo’s advice hits home with his discussion about movement and working with general population clients – the sort of people you almost certainly train every day.

You can find it here.

This post from 2007 include a lot of good advice from Michael Boyle for trainers, strength coaches and everyone else involved with our industry. I can point at several of his mistakes that I have faithfully copied over the years. Take note and try not to let any of the mistakes in that list happen to you. And, if they are, fix them!

You can find the blog post here.

Mark Sisson with another blog post on cardio because excessive endurance exercise is not the way to better health. The evidence continues to mount up and the advice is the same: resistance and interval training alone will deliver the goods you’re after; chronic cardio generally won’t. Go with the science.

You can read find the post here.

And this is the first “Best of 2015” post I’ve seen and a strong start to the end of the year, with some great book recommendations specifically for parents, coaches and athletes.

You can find the blog post here.