27. Mai

2016

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
Kinetic Anatomy
Strength Training Anatomy
Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function and Plasticity
Exercise Physiology
Molecular Exercise Physiology

Biochemistry
Biochemistry
Biochemistry for Sport And Exercise Metabolism
The Biochemical Basis of Sports Performance

Strength Training
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Science and Practice of Strength Training
Periodization
Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy

Nutrition and Metabolism
Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism
Clinical Sports Nutrition
Practical Sports Nutrition
Metabolic Regulation

Research
Research Methods in Physical Activity
Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Research Methods
The Pocket Guide to Critical Appraisal
Medical Statistics Made Easy

Other books
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
MASS

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.Jorunn-Sungot Borgen
Prof.Luc Van Loon
Prof.Graeme Close
Prof.Darryn Willoughby
Prof.Kevin Tipton
Prof.John Hawley
Prof.Ron Maughan
Prof.Louise Burke
Prof.Asker Jeukendrup
Prof.Keijo Hakkinen
Prof.Stuart Phillips
Prof.Truls Raastad
Prof.William Kraemer
Dr.Abbie Smith-Ryan
Dr.Shawn Arent
Dr.Mikael Zourdos
Dr.Jeremy Loenneke
Dr.James Morton
Dr.Ina Garthe
Dr.Jose Antonio
Dr.Jose Areta
Dr.Gøran Paulsen
Dr.Brad Schoenfeld
Dr.Juha Hulmi
Dr.Oliver Witard
Dr.Bret Contreras
Eric Helms
James Krieger
Alan Aragon
Andrew Vigotsky
Thomas Bjørnsen
Jorn Trommelen
Menno Henselmans

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.

Some of the websites I follow are:
Bodyrecomposition
MySportScience
Strongerbyscience
The ISSN Scoop
Whole Health Source
Look Great Naked
Examine

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:
Prof.Asker Jeukendrup
Prof.Stuart Phillips
Dr.Brad Dieter
Dr.Brad Schoenfeld
Dr.Bret Contreras
Dr.Jose Antonio
Dr.Karl Nadolsky
Dr.Layne Norton
Dr.Mike Israetel
Dr.Mike T Nelson
Alan Aragon
Børge Fagerli
Danny Lennon
Eric Helms
Greg Nuckols
James Krieger
Joseph Agu
Kamal Patel
Lyle McDonald
Martin MacDonald
Menno Henselmans
Nick Tumminello

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.

There is three in particular that I feel provide great content and I highly recommend:
Guru Performance- We do Science
Sigma Nutrition Radio
Shredded by Science Radio

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.

About the author:

Juma Iraki

Juma Iraki is a certified Personal Trainer and holds a Bachelor degree in Nutrition Sciences. He has also completed the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition through the International Olympic Committee and is currently doing his Masters degree in Sports Nutrition at The University of Stirling.

He is the CEO of Iraki Nutrition AS and Head of Nutrition at AFPT where he lectures in Sports Nutrition. He also works as a business consultant for Proteinfabrikken in Norway and as a sports nutritionist for the National Judo Federation in Norway.

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