Resources to keep yourself updated
I often get asked what resources I use to keep myself updated on the latest research and information related to exercise and nutrition. Here is a list that might be useful.
1.READ TEXT BOOKS
I think text books are underrated. To me, they are a great way to learn the basics. Usually it is the first resource I use to get background information on a new topic that I want to learn more about before diving into the research.
My favourite books on various topics related to exercise and nutrition are:
Anatomy and Physiology
Principles of Human Anatomy
Strength Training Anatomy
Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function and Plasticity
Molecular Exercise Physiology
Biochemistry for Sport And Exercise Metabolism
The Biochemical Basis of Sports Performance
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Science and Practice of Strength Training
Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy
There is also some other books I want to mention that are easier to digest and provide great content.
This list is much longer, but to list my favorites I would have to go with:
Eric Helms Training and Nutrition Pyramid Books
The Protein Book
The Ultimate Diet 2.0
A Guide to Flexible Dieting
M.A.X Muscle Plan
Building Muscle and Performance
The Lean Muscle Diet
The Fat Loss Prescription
Scientific Principles of Strength Training
2.READ MONTHLY RESEARCH REVIEWS
Another great way to keep yourself updated is to subscribe to monthly research reviews.
I highly recommend these four:
Strength and Conditioning Research
Alan Aragon Research Review
Examine Research Digest
3.FOLLOW RESEARCH JOURNALS
Follow journals that publish research that might be of interest to you and set up a table of content notification every week that you can screen for relevant publications. I recommend that you don’t follow too many as it might get too difficult to get thru the content every week. I limit myself to 10 journals and I use a great site called Journals TOCS to set it up.
Some recommended journals are:
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Journal of Applied Physiology
Strength and Conditioning Journal
International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
International Journal of Applied Exercise Physiology
European Journal of Sport Science
European Journal of Applied Physiology
Journal of Sport Sciences
Exercise and Sport Sciences Review
4.FOLLOW AUTHORS AND TOPICS ON PUBMED
Save topics and authors on Pubmed that do research on topics that you are interested in. That way, you get notifications weekly when new studies has been indexed in Pubmed on these topics or by the authors.
Great researchers to follow:
Prof.Luc Van Loon
5.USE MENDELEY TO ORGANIZE YOUR RESEARCH PAPERS
Mendeley is a great tool to save your research papers. It also has a great word plug-in that makes citing papers in an article or a research paper much easier. Here is a tutorial on how it works.
6.USE FEEDLY TO READ WEBSITES
Feedly is a great tool to use as it allows you to save all the websites that you frequently visit on one page. That way, you do not have to go to each page individually.
7.USE SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media can be a great resource if you use it the right way. A lot of researchers will publish studies and other great information on social media. I personally only use Facebook and Twitter for this purpose.
Great people to follow on Facebook are:
Dr.Mike T Nelson
Prof.Jeukendrup has also written a great list of sport scientist on twitter worth following.
8. LISTEN TO PODCASTS
Podcasts are a convenient and great way to get new information.
9.GO TO CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS
Try to at least attend one conference every year if possible. Not only is it a great way to keep yourself updated, but it also great for getting new connections.
10. READ AND APPLY
Set a side some dedicated time every week to do some reading. Working with clients also gives you an opportunity to apply the information that you have gotten from your resources and I would strongly recommend that you have a systematic way to collect data and feedback from your clients to see how they respond on the things that you apply.