This week it’s mainly brains and butts! We share an insightful series of posts on willpower, how hormones make you feel hungry and full, what mental toughness really is and how to build it, why glute training matters and a positive tale of long term success working in a commercial gym.

This is the second week in a row we’ve referenced Dr. Frederick Navarro’s work. My excuse is that I find this stuff particularly interesting, mainly owing to my own background of an undergraduate degree in psychology. In this three part series, you’ll find out more about why willpower fails and how to use knowledge of how the brain acts to boost your willpower and succeed. You can read each post here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

A detailed post from Joseph Proietto (Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne) for Gizmodo on what hormones in your body make you feel hungry and full, and what weight loss does to those hormones. I’d love to see more research done on different dietary protocols and how they may mean different hormonal responses post weight loss but I think that sort of research is a long way off, if it ever happens properly. I think pharmaceutical companies are going to be more interested in finding you something to inject or swallow to approximate the correct hormonal situation post weight loss than look for answers with dietary changes. But I’m a bit of a skeptic like that, and an optimist that there is a dietary solution that delivers that optimal hormonal range post weight loss!

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An excellent post from conditioning expert Joel Jamieson on what mental toughness actually is and an introduction on how to train it the right way.

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John Izzo delivers a short but thorough two part series on why glutes atrophy, what that means for everyday life and performance, and how to start dealing with the problem appropriately with your clients.

You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Our last post this week is from Dean Somerset, on the advantages for working long term in a commercial gym. He walks the walk and he talks a lot of sense.

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