We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #35 2017
Strength Training Articles
Picture Fit discussed How Long Should You REST Between SETS? Using current research and meta-review, concluding a longer rest period (more than 60 seconds) leads to greater adaptations due to higher total volume. However, there seem to be exceptions to the rule, when training to failure, for single-joint movements, shorter rest seems to work fine, check it out
- explained How To Get Strong In 2-3 Days A Week a great article, how to incorporate big lifts and vary intensity and rep schemes to minimize training time and volume
- and the Buff Dudes outlined The 9 Best Mobility & Flexibility Drills (3-1) | Buff Dudes: Journey for the Goblet of Gains combining entertainment and education, also known as ‘edutainment’, check it out
Muscle & Fitness listed 6 Steps For Developing Lagging Body Parts, in my opinion, this article offers more than just developing lagging body parts, it outlines key training principles that can be applied to a variety of training goals, including strength development, power development, strength endurance development, etc.
Elite FTS explained
- how to Improve Your Posture for Sports Performance, what posture is, which muscles are important for postural alignment of different body parts and how hormones, breathing, and mood affect posture.
- how to prioritize and sacrifice for training success in the article Top Training Tips For Advanced Lifters — Life Priority and Team Role
- Back to Recovery Basics: The Big Three showing that ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ as Aristotle already knew 2500 years ago
- how to maximize functional hypertrophy (myofibrillar hypertrophy) to improve strength & power, by using Accommodating Resistance Post Activation Potentiation and outlining different training programs to achieve this goal in the article The Swing Block Method
Interesting to see sites like Self.com, that a geared towards a general public are starting to acknowledge and to a certain extend promote strength training and heavy lifting – probably heavier lifting would be the right expression – and exercise selection of compound movements, such as squatting and deadlifting in their article Want to Lift Heavy? Here Are 5 Must-Dos to Build a Strong Foundation First
The Barbell Physio shared The Ultimate Guide To Hamstring Strain Rehabilitation outlining causes of hamstring strains and exercise progressions for the rehabilitation process.
Breaking Muscle discussed
- The Differences Between Training In Your 40’S And Your 20’S and outlining strategies for your strength training program.
- The Effective Applications For Unilateral Vs Bilateral Training 3 strength & conditioning coaches outlining their thought process and use of unilateral and bilateral training.
Robertson Training Systems shared
- 3 Simple Ways To Classify Your Unilateral Exercises by providing a logical framework for the unilateral exercises.
- a podcast episode Nick Littlehales On Optimizing Sleep To Maximize Performance, a really insightful episode on sleep, busting a few myth around sleep and how to optimize sleep for maximizing sports performance. Check out the episode
- The Truth About Belts, Lifting Shoes, and Straps, what I really like is the nuanced discussion of each of the tools, when it can be useful and when it should be avoided.
- How Long Should I Rest Between Sets? 9 things you need to know.
Simplifaster explained How to Individualize Training Programs the Right Way a truly great resource of what needs to be considered in the individualization process.
Train Heroic showed how they use Use The Dynamic Effort Method for Explosive Speed and Power including measuring and controlling the velocity as a quality control. Check it out
Juggernaut Training Systems discussed different muscle fiber types, how different fiber types impact training and looking at the newest technology and monitoring options. Check it out
Youth (Strength) Training Articles
Simplifaster asked Can We Test for Talent? explaining what talent is, factors affecting talent and talent development and testing for talent identification, the possibilities, and pitfalls and non-controllables.
Plyometric Training Articles
Simplifaster followed up on the article from week 34 The Scandinavian Rebound Jump Test: Why Every Athlete Should Use It with another in-depth article about plyometric testing / Vertical Jump Testing The Complete Guide to Vertical Jump Testing for Coaches Also, check out the interview I have published last week with Dr. Jeremy Sheppard discussing how to increase the vertical jump and appropriate vertical jump testing for Volleyball
Men’s Health challenged Can You Do This Explosive Lunge Variation? whilst I think the environment of the video and explanation is debatable, this Scissor Jump variation offer a lot of benefits in your plyometric training program if you have mastered the scissor jump technique, check out the video
The Strength Coach Podcast shared episode 169- Boo Schexnayder on Organizing Your Plyometrics of the Strength Coach Podcast, a great episode, listen in
Back Squat and Front Squat Articles
The Bar Bend shared Amit Sapir Squats Over 4.3x Bodyweight for a New World Record an insane strength feat, check it out
New all time world record squat at 181/wraps. 785lbs. Pretty happy with it after losing the record last week to my friend @norrisstrong. He is an amazing athlete and great person and I'm sure he will take it back soon… hopfully we can battle for it in the same meet to put this number much higher. HUGE thank you to Biotest for your continual support – you are why I am able to be here today and I'm always so grateful to be with a company I believe in so strongly. Thank you also to @leahrmt and @I.know.squat for the wrapping and for handling a VERY cranky me today – could not of done without you guys. Another HUGE thank you to @benjiboodles for keeping me in one piece and giving me the chance to even compete. Time to rest and recover. #powerlifting #powerlifter #bodybuilding #bodybuilder #weightcut #181 #worldrecords #squatlegacy #squat #deadlift #bench #squatlegacycomplete @testosteronenation @biotest #prepcoach #dietcoach #gratefull
Elite FTS shared Blast from the Past — The Number One Biggest Squat Mistake a one-minute tutorial about the necessity to keep the upper back tight and stable during the Back Squat. Check it out
Juggernaut Training Systems discussed Foot Pressure & Knee Movement in the Squat looking at the movement of the hip and the knees during the squat, the engagement of different muscle groups during the squat and coaching cues for weightlifters and powerlifters, check it out
Olympic Lifting Articles
T-Nation shared Tip: Seated Snatches one of the biggest benefits of seated Snatches, in my opinion, is the use for sports that involves throwing or hitting. Why? Because it’s a way to train the external rotators of the shoulder progressively, rather than pulling on the same Thera-band with the exact same resistance day in and day out. Check out how to do seated Snatches and see the external rotation movement on the shoulder
The Bar Bend published Snatch Grip Push Press – Exercise Guide, Video Demo, and Benefits another great resource from the Bar Benders on muscle involvement, exercise demonstration, benefits, teaching basics and progressions and how to include it into a strength training program.
Stack outlined the Snatch Exercise: Form Guide, Common Mistakes, and Effective Variations a great article on how to do the Power Snatch, common technical flaws, how to correct them and Power Snatch variations and alternatives.
Elite FTS demonstrated a teaching progression for the Power Snatch and Power Clean, a warm up for the Power Snatch or Power Cleans and defining important terminology to understand for the Power Snatch technique and Power Clean technique WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Olympic Lifts Progression
Aleksey Torokhtiy published the technical execution of the Clean & Jerk, all you need to know in under 60 seconds, check it out
T-Nation shared a Tip: Paused vs. Touch-and-Go Deadlifts discussing the difference between Paused Deadlift and Touch-and-Go-Deadlifts, the benefits and disadvantages of each Deadlift variation and things you should avoid.
Brendan Tietz explained How Low Should Your Hips Be in the Deadlift? | Easy Way to Figure It Out explaining how body dimensions (the length of the limbs) affect the start position of the Deadlift, check it out