We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #25 2017
Strength Training Articles
Fitness & Power explained
- The Science of Building Muscle (Part 1) discussing the relationship between strength and size and sarcoplasmic hypertrophy
- The Science of Building Muscle (Part 2) outlining the process of muscle growth on a cellular level and myofibrillar hypertrophy
The Ketogenic Diet is popular again. Why again? Because I remember in my early years as a coach about 20 years ago, the Ketogenic Diet was very popular. Bodybuilding.com outlines the basics of the Ketogenic Diet, what it is, how it works and what the benefits are in the article Ketogenic Dieting 101: How To Use Fat As Fuel If you are interested in the Ketogenic Diet, check out earlier articles in
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Breaking Muscle discussed
- also the Ketogenic Diet in the article The Power Of Ketones discussing why it works, as well as the pro’s and con’s
- High-Intensity Training Vs. Olympic Weightlifting: How To Have Both & Get Strong discussing how to combine a maximum strength training with the use of Olympic Lifts and a hypertrophy program using mainly strength lifts.
- The Rules Of Pain-Free Hypertrophy too often, the old Arnold quote ‘no pain, no gain’ is still misinterpreted, this article outlines what to consider for pain-free training.
Not sure, whether it’s a joke or not, neither does it really fit in here, but Michael Phelps Will Face His Greatest Competitor Yet — A Shark but, yes it will create some buzz.
Train Heroic discussed
- how to get buy-in as a strength & conditioning coach in the article 5 Tips To Building Coach, Parent, and Team Belief
- 4 Ways To Develop Functional Speed and Power for Competitive CrossFit, whilst discussing how to get strong as a Crossfit Athlete in part 1, this time they discuss how to develop speed and power for Crossfit competition.
Stack demonstrated how to Use High-Intensity Continuous Training to Improve Power and Endurance and how to add them effectively and efficiently to your strength training workout routines.
Youth Strength Training Articles
Stack explained How Strength Coaches Can Build Effective and Fun Workouts for Young Athletes a good example of the elements in a youth training session, as well how to put it together.
Train Heroic published the third part of their LTAD series Long-Term Athletic Development – Part 3: Mobility, Stability, Nutrition, and Recovery focussing on the necessary work to take care of your body, I can tell from experience, it makes a difference in an athletes carreer, if he or she started early taking care of their body. Also check out
Power Training Articles
Muscle & Fitness shared Sled Training For More Power not that this article is very in-depth, however, what I like is the approach to outlining the loading and ensuring progression from week to week, rather than aimlessly pushing a sled until you can’t push anymore.
Power Athlete Radio interviewed Doc Bryan Mann check it out
Plyometric Training Articles
Stack listed 4 Ways to Use Box Jumps to Increase Your Explosiveness outlining different exercises and plyometric training program considerations.
Speed Training Articles
Stack sums-up Why Strength Is the Missing Element in Your Speed Workouts giving the two main benefits of strength training on speed development.
Back Squat and Front Squat Articles
- a Tip: The Zercher Squat outlining a few unique benefits of the Zercher Squat, I like the video explanation, check it out
- a Tip: Get Better at Squatting With This Drill using the Goblet Squat with an extended eccentric phase to teach spinal control, check out the video demonstration
- a Tip: The Tempo Squat ensuring constant time under tension, as a potential driver for muscular hypertrophy, check it outWill it work? Well, in my experience, very often these ‘special techniques’ go along with a huge sacrifice in loading in order to be performed. So, yes, you increase time under tensio and have constant tension, but you also reduce the mechanical load, which is the other driver for hypertrophic adaptations. Bottom-line? It’s a balancing act.
Olympic Lifting Articles
Catalystathletics outlined 5 Ways to Get A Better Finish in the Snatch how to get more speed and acceleration during the second pull. The second pull is actually where you get the most benefits from as an athlete, so learning and mastering the second pull is essential to reap the benefits of the Snatch or Power Snatch. If you are unfamiliar with the different phases, check out
The Bar Bend published a guide on
- the Power Snatch – Exercise Guide and Benefits outlining the benefits of the Power Snatch, the Power Snatch technique, how to program the Power Snatch and Power Snatch tips.
- the Muscle Snatch – Exercise Guide and Benefits explaining the benefits and applications of the use of the Muscle Snatch, two different Muscle Snatch styles and programming.
- Clean and Jerk vs Clean and Press: Differences, Benefits, and Technique looking at the differences between these two Olympic Lift variations, as well as the influence of strength, hypertrophy, movement efficiency and loading patterns
Tony Gentilcore has a point when he states Deadlifts Are Only Dangerous Because You are Unable To Coach Them which not only applies to Deadlifts, as well as to all other training that is considered dangerous.
- a Tip: The Sumo Deadlift explaining why the Sumo Deadlift can be a safer variation for athletes, check out the video
- a Tip: The Paused Sumo Deadlift as a good accessory lift to teach and train the lift-off, check out the video