Thanks to T-Nation for putting all the articles and authors in an easy to access format. I was sorting through the articles this weekend and realized how much certain strength coaches have affected my training. Here are my all-time favorites in order:
Coach John Davies
Honorable mention to TC, not as a strength coach, but one who has provided great insight throughout the years.
My top three are very close but I have to go with Davies as the best all around. I would not be where I am today without his guidance.
I agree with your number one pick, Davies is incredible. I would add Poliquin to the list somewhere. The guy has brought a lot to the game. Your other picks are very good as well.
Picking a top five out of T-Nation contributors is like picking allstars out of the Yankee's lineup, every inning there're four or five coming up. Anyone going to the Red Sox game tomorrow? Oh, my bad.
Wow. That was below the belt.
I would throw in Mike Mahler and Mike Robertson somewhere in there. I always liked there articles alot. And though Cosgrove is only a couple articles in, he is sounding better and better.
I hope Cosgrove keeps contributing. I like what I have read here and elsewhere about him.
Ehh everyone on your list is great but I'd have to put CT towards the top for myself.
Second this. I have been receiving his e-newsletter long since before he started writting with Elite and T-Nation. What he said in his e-newsletters is as good as his T-articles.
Whoops didn't see that was just T-Nation
Don't forget Dr.'s Stone and Zatsiorsky
Fred Hatfield. He's done a ton of research, trained dozens of elite athletes, squatted a grand, and still calls up a friend of mine to go out riding on 2 hours notice in his 60's.
Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson - not to lump you guys together as one entity, but the focus on mechanics you guys bring to the table is very important in this Westside ME-happy world (not that it's a bad system, but it can lead to problems without close monitoring).
Christian Thibaudeau. He's been offering advice (here and elsewhere) for as long as I've been lifting and it seems like there's no question he can't answer or find the answer to.
Dave Tate and Louie Simmons. I'll second these guys - few people have done more to popularize powerlifting in the past 10 years. Hats off to them.
Yeah, I know the thread started as T-Nation, but some outside influence had to sneak in there...