The most valuable and interesting articles in week #21 2018
Strength Training Articles
Men’s Health listed 6 Top Trainers Share Their Mental Strength Hacks to Push Through Obstacles, an interesting read, some hacks seem to be more useful than others though.
Omar Issuf elaborated what is The Easiest Way To Get Stronger (Besides Programming) the importance of creating the right environment, such as training partner, having the right people around you, as well as the right gym environment. Check it out
The Bar Bend shared
- How to Increase Your Bench Press Without Benching how the Overhead Press can help your bench and why.
- Program Comparison: Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 Vs. StrongLifts 5 x 5 Vs. Starting Strength comparing 3 popular strength training programs and outlining the individual characteristics of each program and who is it for (beginner, intermediate or advanced).
Bodybuilding demonstrated How to Bench Press + Q&A | Meg Squats, a good Powerlifting Bench Press tutorial, a bit lengthy, but definitely good cues, worth watching. Check it out
Picture Fit explained What is Overreaching and Why Is It So Important For Gains? discussing what overreaching is and why it is important, as the title suggests. But also explaining the differences between functional overreaching and non-functional overreaching, discussing possible overreaching strategies and symptoms of overreaching. Check it out
Simplifaster asked Is Sleep the Most Underrated Hack for Performance Enhancement? the influence on sleep on memory, skill development and recovery and different strategies to improve sleep quality (and quantity).
Starting Strength outlined The Problem with “Exercise Science”, another Rippetoe’s view on a topic, worth listening to this audio only
Elite FTS explained Athlete Expectations and Performance Inhibition – Victoria Felkar an interesting talk about bridging sports science and training practice and whether we coaches are actually improving their performance or inhibiting their performances. Not sure whether I would agree with everything, however, it does challenge some of your / my thought processes. Check it out
Breaking Muscle discussed Learn A New Skill Or Re-Learn What You Think You Know describing the different stages of learning. Also, check out the article I have written how to apply the different stages of learning into the coaching practice.
Shrugged Collective described strategies to Creating the Ultimate Gym Culture that can help to get your gym take off. Interesting points, check it out
Picture Fit asked
- Does Dark Chocolate Help Improve Your Eyesight? what does that have to do with training? Well, some sports do actually rely on certain visual skills, such as shooting, archery, tennis, table tennis, the list could go on and on… If that doesn’t apply to you, just check it out, because it’s interesting anyway
- How Much Caffeine is Too Much? Outlining the side effects of too much caffeine, prescribing the maximal caffeine dosage range, as well as the different caffeinated sources or supplements. Check it out don’t know,
The Bar Bend discussed Is a High Protein Diet Really Bad for Your Kidneys? outlining what actually is a high protein diet and under what circumstances it can be harmful to your kidneys.
Jeff Nippard discussed SARMS: What’s All The Hype About? Is it worth taking? Does it have side effects? Is it legal? Interesting points, check it out
If I can add my 2 Cents our body is a homeostatic system, and any changes to this system will have a response at some point in time.
What does that mean?
If you are able to change your hormonal system in the direction you want it, there will be a change into the direction you don’t want at a later point.
Plyometric Training Articles
Fitness & Power explained 20 Rep Squats Routine : The Brutal Path To Massive Gains if you are interested in muscular hypertrophy, try the 20 rep squat routine, but be prepared it’s definitely taxing.
- a Tip: Solid Walk-Out, Solid Squat, this especially true, if you get stronger.
- a Tip: Are You Squat-Focused or Hinge-Focused? discussing different movement patterns and movement executions.
- a Tip: One Method to Fix Your Squat with eccentric isometrics. What is eccentric isometrics? Check out the video
- a Tip: Hands-Free Front Squat as a teaching tool to improve your squat pattern. If you have been following what my athletes are doing, you can see, that we use the Handsfree Front Squat extensively to learn the squat pattern, as well as to consolidate the squat patterns. Check out the example of double Olympian Twan van Gendt performing a Handsfree Front Squat with 160 kg
Juggernaut Training Systems shared Front Squat Pillar #2 | Breathing & Bracing outlining the main differences in the breathing and bracing technique between Front Squat vs Back Squat due to the different bar position, how to execute the breathing and bracing manoeuvre during the Front Squat and the correct spinal position in the Front Squat. Check it out
Olympic Lifting Articles
Takano Weightlifting explained How to Help Your Pre-Adolescent Child on the Pathway to the Weightlifting Medal Stand with an unexpected piece of advice of what will help your kid most to achieve weightlifting success.