My Favorite Exercise, Nutrition, and Strength Training Links

Here are a few of my favorite exercise, nutrition, and strength training links. They're awesome sites packed with great info, and I think you can get a lot out of them too!

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Beast Skills

Beast Skills is run by Jim Bathurst, who started the site because he wanted to learn cool strength training stunts that weren't available anywhere else on the web. If you're strong and advanced, check out his site for ideas and fun stunts to show off.

Brooks Kubik's Dinosaur Training

And His Blog…

Brooks Kubik is all about Dinosaur Training, or strength training like it was back in the good ol' days. He advocates a pure focus on strength created through intense, infrequent workouts. Nothing about special diets or losing weight here!

Kubik's approach is old school, and he provides a ton of info about old time strong men and their training techniques. I enjoy his information, and his no B.S. tone.

Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength

Mark Rippetoe is one of the best strength training instructors around, and has a startling insight into building strength and muscle, which he gained from lifting (and instructing) for virtually his entire life. There are great videos with instruction on how to do the basic (i.e. essential) barbell lifts.

Body By Science

This is the same title as the book, and the book is also by Doug McGuff and John Little. They lay out a bullet-proof scientific foundation for brief, intense workouts. Check out his articles, as well as the blog.

- Diet and Nutrition -

Mark's Daily Apple

Mark Sisson writes this one, which focuses on his style of Primal living/eating/exercising/living. He's for eating lots of fruits, veggies, and dead animals - but NO GRAINS OR REFINED SUGARS!

Mark shares recipes, articles on the scientific basis for his views, fun musings, and W.O.W. (Workouts of the Week).


Kurt Harris MD's take on paleo/primal nutrition. This guy's healthy while pushing 50 on a diet of steak, eggs, and other high-fat foods. And he's super smart.


Martin Berkhan was really fat as a kid, and decided to do something about it. He became a model in his late teens/early twenties, and is now a personal trainer.

Martin practices Intermittent Fasting (I.F.) every day, keeping his body fat around 5% year-round while gaining muscle, and is one of the major proponents/innovators of I.F. His own story, as well as his insights on nutrition and exercise, is simply amazing.

Calorie King

If you're starting to count calories, go here. Calorie King has a ridiculously large library of foods, all with their macronutrient ratios. Very handy for structuring your diet.

- Health and Recovery -

Save Yourself

Paul Ingraham is a massage therapist in Canada who provides scientific articles and tutorials in simple language to help you heal your own aches and pains. If you're hurting, go here to get better.

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies has probably saved me from more pain than, well, a lot of other stuff, books, medications, Chinese potions, and pills. Mr. Davies passed away recently, and his daughter Amber Davies now keeps this site going.

The site provides tons of information about trigger points, as well as info on seminars with Amber Davies if you want to learn more. But if you're in pain and want results quickly, just read the book.

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