Thursday, January 9, 2014

100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness

Taken from the "Greatist" website is their list of the top 100 most influential people in health and fitness and overall it is a very good list.  I would argue for a few more but that's for another day.  Below I have listed a couple of my favorites and ones.  To see the list and article in its entirety click the link: 100 Health and Fitness Influencers of 2013

6: Tim Ferriss, Paragon of Efficiency: Quite possibly one of my favorite authors this "life hacker" has done all the off the wall research you can think of and makes it all feasible.  A lot of his tips you will find on the TAT blog (at some point) and myself backing up his claims.  "The 4-Hour Body" is worth the read.
Referred to as the “4-Hour Man” Ferriss knows a thing or two about getting sh!t done — and fast. The superhuman has been offering up secrets to mastering efficiency and productivity for years with New York Times bestselling books including “The 4-Hour Workweek,” “The 4-Hour Body,” and "The 4-Hour Chef." His renowned blog is chock-full of lifehacking tips and tricks, though they may not be accessible to all readers (not everyone has the time, money, willpower, or connections Ferriss does). But to many, there’s something undeniably enticing about his way of life. That's why, in 2013, he became the star of his own TV show, "The Tim Ferriss Experiment," which follows the man as he attempts to master a new skill every week, from parkour to drumming in a rock band.

20. Tony Robbins, Mr. Motivation: I originally considered him a little out there but look up his TED talk.  Changes everything.
Self-help professional and motivational speaker Tony Robbins has made it his life goal to empower people to change their own lives. His programs, motivational speaking events, books, DVDs, and seminars aim to help people build strong relationships, be healthy for life, achieve professional success, find inner balance, and accomplish personal growth. His most popular seminars include titles like "Unleash the Power Within," "Ultimate Relationship," "Ultimate Edge," and "Business Mastery." Robbins also offers personal coaching services. In 2013, he released an e-book, "Re-Awaken the Giant Within," which is a follow-up to his 2007 self-help bestseller, "Awaken the Giant Within."

40. Martin Rooney, The Fitness Warrior: "Training for Warriors" is a fabulous and gives you a lot of options to work with and change up your routine or give you the feeling of training like a fighter.  Worth it to put on the book shelf.
This strength and conditioning all-star started out as a track and field athlete in college, and then a member of the U.S. Bobsled team from 1995 to 1997 and again in 2000. Since then, he’s joined the Training For Warriors Foundation, where he shares his expert skills in Mixed Martial Arts and trains professional fighters across the globe. He’s also worked as the strength and conditioning consultant to sports teams including the New York Giants, has trained numerous Olympic athletes, and developed one of the top NFL Combine training programs. Rooney, who has a Masters in Health Science, continues to keep his brain as jacked as his bod by publishing books on strength training and delivering lectures on fitness around the world. 

48. Mike Reinold, Injury Whisperer: I have referenced Mike's site on multiple occasions and other than the TAT blog (of course) his site is a great place to go for injury information and ideas of how to treat it.
The former Head Athletic Trainer and physical therapist for the Boston Red Sox, Mike Reinold now runs a private practice in Boston. His specialty is helping professional athletes recover from injury and return to peak performance, with a special focus on baseball players. When he’s not on the field, Reinold can be found in the lab or the library, doing research and editing books on health and fitness. Reinold’s eager to share his knowledge, both as a Greatist Expert and as a blogger, by writing about issues from physical therapy to rehab exercises for specific body parts.

49. Mike Boyle, Innovative Strength Builder: Like it says, innovator.  Done.
He may be the strength and conditioning consultant for the Boston Red Sox and the founder of an elite athletic facility, but Mike Boyle’s philosophy can be summed up in a single word: “KISS.” That’s “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” At Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Boston, he helps people achieve a range of goals related to sports performance and weight management, and trains professional athletes using somewhat unconventional equipment like multi-use turf and plyo boards.

79. Steve Kamb, The Fittest Nerd: A very interesting read for anyone who really is a nerd of fitness or just generally interested in fitness.
Steve Kamb is the leader of a revolution that enables the average Joe and Jill to learn how to be healthy. Founder of, Kamb fosters an online community of  23,000 who work together and support each other through a series of open forums and challenges. Written in language familiar to any gamer (there are at least four Hobbit and Zelda references in the introductory post alone), the central pillar of the site are six-week challenges, whereby users — kindly referred to as "rebels"  —  set goals and gain points according to their success. In January 2014, the website will launch two fitness guides, “Men’s Fitness 101” and “Women’s Fitness 101," self-paced courses that guide users to adopt healthier habits and fitness routines.

86. Kelly Starrett, Mr. Mobility: Making huge waves within the rehab and cross fit worlds.  His website has some very thought provoking material worth checking out (I like the discussion on icing personally) and his book "Becoming a Supple Leopard" is on my short list to get read and see what he has to say about mobility.
Creator of the popular blog MobilityWOD, Kelly Starrett knows his fitness facts — and even more about preventing and treating injuries. Designed to help athletes problem-solve their issues and get a jump-start on recovery, MobilityWOD provides well-researched, scientifically supported articles and videos. In addition to contributing to Inside Triathlon, Details magazine, and the Crossfit Journal, Starrett developed the Movement and Mobility Trainer Course, which teaches coaches and athletes how to predict and prevent movement-related injuries. Starret travels frequently to present his course to trainers and companies. In 2013, he published his first book, “Becoming a Supple Leopard,” a guide to maintaining the body's mobility and troubleshooting common errors

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