10 Most Popular Articles of 2015

10 Most Popular Articles of 2015

With 2015 coming to an end, it’s time to compile the very best of the very best information on this site.

Here’s a look back at the TOP 10 most popular articles I wrote this year based on page views, reader e-mails and likes/comments/shares on social media.

#10 How to Avoid Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain

Smart training and making progress is all about staying healthy. Here’s how you avoid or train around shoulder injuries.

#9 3 Advanced Ab Exercises I Like

Yuri van Gelder - Ring L-Sit_FB

You know those training programs that have you doing 500 sit-ups and bicycle kicks in a workout?

They suck.

Check out these three advanced exercises for core training that’s not stupid.

#8 How to Pair Exercises for Better Gym Performance

Kendrick Farris Front Squat

Improve work capacity and boost your gains by spending LESS time in the gym? Here’s how…

#7 Simple Training and Nutrition Tips for Young Hockey Players

Crosby goal

Training and nutrition should not be a complex topic for young athletes (or any trainee looking to improve performance). Here I lay out the “big rocks” of a solid off-ice training approach for youth hockey players.

#6 4 Reasons Why High Frequency Training Leads to Faster Strength Gains

Li Hong Li

Groove key movements as often as possible. Never train to true failure. Recover fast and get back in the gym so you can get better.

That’s the gist behind high frequency training and I absolutely love it.

#5 Variation Without Change: The Key to Making Gains Forever

FSG Reverse Lunge

Beginners can get stronger by adding 5 pounds to the bar every workout. But that doesn’t work anymore once you hit the intermediate stage.

You gotta vary grip and limb position as well as training implements to keep making gains for years without developing overuse injuries in the process.

#4 6 Reasons Why You Gotta Train With Gymnastic Rings

gymnast rings

This list wouldn’t be complete without a ring training article.

If you aren’t using gymnastic rings in your training already, this will change your mind. The benefits are too obvious to be ignored.

#3 5 Ways to Improve Performance and Stay Healthy for Athletes


Strength training is important for athletes. But there’s nothing exceptionally athletic about taking two steps back and squatting down.

To develop true athleticism in addition to getting freaky strong, you need to run, jump, change directions, pick up and carry heavy stuff, and move your bodyweight through space.

#2 6 Snatch Tips for Athletes

Klokov snatch

Snatching is a great way to develop power. It’s also one of the most technically demanding gym lifts that carries significant risk of injury if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Here’s how non-Olympic lifters will get the most out of snatches.

#1 How to Make Your Training More Productive

Franco deadlift

I had a feeling this article would garner some positive reactions before I hit “publish”, but was surprised to see it grab the top spot in the rankings since its message is extremely simple…

“If you want to succeed, look at what the majority does… then do the opposite.”

Maybe that’s exactly why it hit home for so many people?

The point is, life is too short to waste it spinning your wheels. You need to know how to maximize results in the gym, and this article gives you the lowdown on that from a non-technical point of view.

And that wraps up the reader’s edition of my TOP 10 articles in 2015.

To all of you who keep reading my stuff, buying my products and sending me positive emails… I wanna say thank you.


Thank. You.

Be sure to check back later this week for my own personal list of “best of” articles from the past year.

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Yunus Barisik

Yunus Barisik, CSCS, is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for an elite junior hockey organization based in Espoo, Finland. He has trained hundreds of hockey players at the junior, college and pro levels, including NHL Draft picks and World Champions. An accomplished author, Yunus has had articles published on top fitness and performance sites, including STACK and Muscle & Strength. He also wrote Next Level Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource for ice hockey players on building athletic strength, size and power, while staying injury-free.