I started my fitness blog Fitness Contrarian about 2.5 years ago. I really enjoy doing research and seem to spend half my time reading other people’s health and fitness blogs. When I first started blogging I had no idea how many websites were out there in the fitness niche.  However, over time I seem to keep going back to just a handful of great sites so I wanted to put together my list of the best fitness blogs for 2011.

Best Fitness Blogs 2011

Fitness Black Book: Rusty Moore’s site is one of my favorites when it comes to building a lean healthy body. His workout and diet approach is all based on getting the “Hollywood body” as opposed to the bulky overly muscular look. Whenever I want a fresh point of view about dropping some body fat or building lean muscle I find myself reading Rusty’s blog.

Marks Daily Apple: Mark Sisson’s site is all about living primal in a modern world. One great thing about Mark’s site is he posts everyday so there is a never-ending stream of new content. He believes in and writes about a diet and lifestyle similar to our primal ancestors. He does a lot of good research and really goes in depth about nutrition and how to stay healthy in the toxic world we live in. Mark also manufactures what I consider to be the best multivitamin and protein powder on the market today.

Zen Habits: Leo Babauta’s site is one of the most popular blogs on the Internet with over 230,000 subscribers. Leo writes about living a simple life while avoiding the chaos that is all around us. He doesn’t just write about health and fitness, he covers a variety of topics that can help you live a happier stress-free life. What I like about his blog is that most of the articles can be read in less than 5 minutes. Leo continually gives you new perspectives on how to go about your day in a positive light.

There’s also another blog site similar to Zen Habits, which I should mention called Zen to Fitness. Chris from Zen to Fitness takes a similar writing approach to Leo’s blog site while sticking more to just the topics of health and fitness. I really enjoy reading Chris’s site as well.

Lean Gains: Martin Berkhan is an expert when it comes to intermittent fasting and maintaining low body fat levels all year round. His site Lean Gains gives very scientific and research based information on how to get very lean while building muscle. I have found that many other bloggers including myself follow a lot of Martin’s advice. His site is more for the serious fitness enthusiast or bodybuilder who is interested in the science behind getting lean.

Rob Wolf: Rob is the New York Times best-selling author of the Paleo Solution- The Original Human Diet. I really enjoyed reading Rob’s book Paleo Solution. Rob’s site overlaps Marks Daily Apple a little when it come to nutrition but he’s a former research biochemist, which helps him explain his point of view with solid research. As you can tell, I’m definitely a believer in the Paleo diet. My diet philosophy is somewhat based on these principles.

Robertson Training Systems: Mike Robertson is a premier sports training coach. His site is great for learning how to do movement correctly like deadlifts, squats and an endless number of movements. He explains things very effectively through videos. If you need some advice on exercise technique, check out his site.

JCD Fitness:  JC gives great advice for the 20 and 30 something crowd who want to build muscle and get lean safely and efficiently. I like JC’s writing style; he backs everything he says up with research and one can tell that he takes his training very seriously. He references Alan Aragon’s blog all the time which is also a great blog when it comes to nutrition and training. Alan has a paid subscription called Alan Aragon’s Research Reviews. I think it’s about $10 a month but well worth the money if you like to analyze the latest research.

I can keep going on and on, but I don’t want to overwhelm you with too many fitness blogs to check out. Let me know which one of these are your favorite or tell me your list of the top health and fitness blogs by leaving a comment.

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Best-Mike Cola

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