A photo worthy of a "Best of" post.
A photo worthy of a “best of” post.

I’ll take you through my favorite blog posts, books, music discoveries and more of the 2016.

Top 7 Blog Posts (Top 5 or Top 10 would be such a predictable thing to do)

Make It Count
The one about one of my three favorite topics: Motörhead.

Practical Thoughts on Winning in Lifting and Eating
The one where I finally wrote down some very actionable steps.

Adjusting Training and Eating Habits for Lifelong Success
The one to read if you are always raging around the gym and kitchen like someone just ate all your protein.

The Ultimate Guide for Getting Lean Without Hating Life
The one post that should get you 99% there.

Dating Me (And Why You Should Too)
The one time I went out. And aced it.

Movement Integrity and Why It Matters
The one with the highest soap box I had in 2016.

Are You Brave Enough to Questions Everything?
The one time I listened to Sam Harris’s podcast and somehow tied it back to this blog post without ever giving him the credit.

Did I miss your favorite post of the year? Keen to share?


Favorite books

I read more than any other year in the past. 39 all up which ended up being a book in every 10 or so days. Not bad at all considering that I am a painfully slow reader.

Best personal development book

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
Anyone interested in meditation should read this. It makes meditation simple, easy to understand and is rid of the typical spiritual jargon. 

Special mention:
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (re-read) 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (re-read).

Best professional development book

Movement by Gray Cook (re-read)
I know, kind of lame not to include a new book here but I got so much more out of this on the second go. When I read it for the first time four or so years ago I was still too new to the industry to appreciate everything Cook has to offer. He’s brilliant. I’ve searched far and near for answers to questions that I had, and all I had to do was to open this book again.

Special mention:
Low Back Disorders by Dr. Stuart McGill

Lean Habits For Lifelong Weight Loss by Georgie Fear

Best non-fiction book (it’s a tie)

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
I am an enormous Springsteen fan but I’ve always steered clear of any unofficial biographies, waiting for him to write something himself. This is it. It’s beautifully written by The Boss himself and he can make you laugh, cry, excited and everything in between.

Aarne Kahara – Paakallosotilas (The Skull Soldier – my translation, as of writing this there is no English version out)
A World War II biography about the SS and the naive Finnish volunteers who joined them, unknowing of the horrors the SS was taking part in. That being said, the Fins were part of the Waffen SS fighting in the East and had nothing to do with the concentration camps and whatnot. Ties in three topics I always find fascinating: Finland, WWII and a personal story.

This was the toughest category to choose winner since I read a lot of great books last year. Special mention:
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

Best fiction book

The Uprising: Under the North Star Part II by Vaino Linna
Linna explores the history of Finland in the early 1900’s writing about a fictional (but very typical at the time) family. The main theme in Part II is the Finnish civil war after the declaration of independence in 1917. Linna is an excellent writer and poetic in the way he writes. I read the Finnish version so not sure how this would translate to English.

Special mention:
Pet Sematary by Stephen King, as the most disturbing book I read in 2016.


Professional Development Courses and Seminars

PRI’s Myokinetic Restoration and Postural Respiration – courses

Four days in Newcastle with the Postural Restoration Institute was a blast. My brain exploded multiple times and the PRI completely changed how I look at the human body.

Also need to say that Mike Cantrell has to be the most entertaining lecturer and teacher I’ve ever seen. How he was able to make such in depth topics so much fun to listen to is beyond of my comprehension. Laughter was a constant presence during the four days.

3-Day Perform Better Summit in Long Beach, CA

This was a dream come through. So many presenters that I look up and who’ve (without their knowledge) have helped me to become the coach that I am. Got to see Charlie Weingroff, Gray Cook, Dan John, Alwyn Cosgrove and so many more speak.


Favorite Music Discoveries

This is not about the best albums that came out in 2016 but music that was new to me.

Marilyn Manson’s The Pale Emperor
Never been a fan of him, and honestly I’ve ridiculed his antics in the past. But I looked past all that and focused on the music instead. And this album blew my mind. I’ve since dived into his back catalogue and found a bunch of great tunes.

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
Saw these kids warming up for GN’R with an unreal amount of energy. Can’t wait to see them headlining one day.

John Garcia
Straight-forward, in-your-face, riffs-to-sing-along tunes.

Dead Soul
Not sure how to describe these guys, other than their good. Have a listen to Hounds of Hell for yourself.

Heeaaaaavyyyy. One of my favorite bands to listen to during training sessions in 2016.


Best gig of 2016

Guns N’ Roses in Phoenix, AZ
I only saw three other gigs (High on Fire, Kadavar, Matt Anderson) last year but even if I’d seen a hundred this would not have been a contest. GN’R is by far my all time favorite band and seeing the original three back together on stage was surreal experience to say the least. Looking forward to repeating it twice when they come to Sydney in February.

That’s my “best of” – list for 2016. Keen for you to share yours. Especially when it comes to books and music you might have discovered. Shoot me an email or reply in the comments in Facebook.

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My list of books to read (or not)