Top Fitness Blogs of The Year

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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Mike Cola has well over 50,000 hours of hands-on personal training experience. He started his own personal training studio in1989, Mike Cola Fitness, which is located in New York.Connect with Mike @ Google+

14 Responses to “Top Fitness Blogs of The Year”

  1. I can totally vote for the fitness black book blog! Great blog for fitness. I also love his visual impact program.

  2. Martin berkhan is the best blog regarding nutrition and training all together.

    Eat tons of carbs, train like alpha-caveman lifting heavy stuff, and look like ripped spartan warrior all year round.

    I don’t think someone hits the nail on its head better than martin berkhan.

    Mark Sisson = carbophobe that drinks lots of wine to eliminate the stress that caused by not eating grains (which are cortisol blockers)

    Rusty Moore = don’t deadlift and squat ? delete him from this list please.

    The rest of the list is pretty much the same, carbophobes and fuckarounditis.

  3. Solid list. I already had 75% of them in my RSS reader…soon to be 100%.

  4. @ Calves Exercises

    Fitness Black Book is a great blog. Thanks for the comment

    @ Aaron

    I do think Martin Berkhan does hit the nail on the head when it comes to training and nutrition but the other blogs in the list also give great advice.

    Mark Sisson’s blog is more of an active lifestyle blog. Whether you believe in eating grains or not… if most people in the US followed his advice there would be no obesity epidemic.

    In addition, you should really take another look at Rusty Moore’s site. There really is a lot of great information on this site and he backs up a lot of what he says by referencing numerous studies. The deadlift and squat are great exercises but they are not for everyone especially if you’re looking for the “Hollywood body” that Rusty prescribes on his blog.

    I don’t like the term fuckarounditis. However, I know you are referencing an article Martin Berkhan wrote called

    More to the point, there are so many different effective ways of training. No one blog can fit everyone’s needs……

    @ Richard

    Thanks…. I’m glad you like the list.

  5. Great wrap up of the best fitness blogs for 2011. All of the blogs you mentioned have in their own way motivated me to start my own blog. Keep an eye out for it in the future.

  6. I follow Mike Robertson’s blog and another worth looking at is Eric Cressey’s. Both are cut from the same fabric. I have started Cressey’s Show & Go product as a new resolution.

    Later this Spring, I’ll probably purchase Robertson & Cressey’s – Building the Efficient Athlete Product & use it as a guideline for training my daughter.

  7. I agree, Mike and Eric’s blogs are really good.

  8. Mark’s Daily Apple is one of my favorites!! 🙂 Ill definitely vouch for him!

  9. Zen Habits does it for me! Having so much data with minimal distractions helps me focus more on the information.

  10. Great list. We knew of many of these, but not all – added to Google reader!

  11. I suggest we vote for the best fitness blogger and honor him! Thanks to these dedicated bloggers, I’m about to reach my goal of losing 9 kgs.

  12. hey thanks mike for sharing this useful information

  13. Thanks mike for helping me in losing 5 kg weight. Your blog is very helpful for all those who to lose their weight.

  14. Great post Mike I will definitely share this post with my sister she have tried to lose weight for some time now thanks for sharing.