The most valuable and interesting articles in week #39 2018

Strength Training Articles

T-Nation shared a Tip: 4 Simple Ways to Build a Stronger Grip grip-strength can be a limiting factor for heavy pulls. This article offers a few ways to get a stronger grip.

Elite FTS outlined

  • The Dynamic Effort Method with Beginners answering questions on how to implement dynamic work, if you don’t have a max, and whether it makes sense to focus your attention on speed work as a beginner.
  • The Misunderstanding of Sport-Specific Training, outlining what sport-specific training is and explaining the concept of dynamic correspondence. I myself have elaborated on the topic and made a video about dynamic correspondence, check it out

Dr John Rusin listed 10 Exercises To Instantly Improve Hip Mobility a selection of mobility exercises for your hip.

The Bar Bend listed 10 Lunge Variations to Build Leg Strength, the benefits of lunging, a list of lunges to choose from and how to implement them into your training.

Train Heroic outlined The New Rules of Sleep for Athletes the importance of sleep for physical and cognitive development.

Jeff Nippard discussed How To Use The Mind-Muscle Connection for Growth (What The Science Says), what the mind-muscle connection is, an overview of the available literature, which suggests, that the mind-muscle connection does not exist, however, the latest studies suggest that there is a mind-muscle connection for some muscle groups, but not for all muscle groups. Check it out

Tony Gentilcore described This Article Contains The Best Fitness Hack Ever the craze of hacks and the components that really lead to progress and success.

Power Athlete HQ shared SPP: The Secret Sauce what the SPP (special preparatory period) is, what specialization refers to and how to apply it into the season planning and execution.

Barbell Shrugged

  • discussed Kettlebell Bent Press – Overhead Strength, the correct form, the mobility issues people experience in the KB Bent Press, possible regressions and progressions.  Check it out

Also, check out the tutorial on Kettlebell Windmills to see the subtle differences between KB Bent Press and KB Windmill.

  • shared an interview with Doug Larson, if you have watched any of the Barbell Shrugged videos, you must have seen Doug Larson and his energetic way of instructing. This interview gives an insight into how he got into strength & conditioning and Crossfit. Check it out

Simplifaster explained

Breaking Muscle listed The Benefits Of Intuitive Lifting what intuitive lifting is when you can apply intuitive lifting. I do like the idea of the article, however, I have to mention, that just because you don’t feel great, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a great training. I have seen numerous occasions, where people dragged themselves into training, believing they wouldn’t be able to train, and ended up setting new PB’s.

Juggernaut Training System shared The JuggLife | 2x Olympian and Stanford Track Coach Amin Nikfar an interview with the head throws coach from the Stanford University, discussing strength training for the shot put, the inclusion of the Olympic Lifts and the transfer to training. And an interesting anecdote about Hossein Rezazadeh’s remuneration for the Olympic gold medal. Check it out

Nutrition Articles

Bach Performance outlined an interesting approach to dieting, where you diet 14 days followed by a maintenance period in the article The Matador Diet Study: How To Lose Fat Dieting Two Weeks At Time.

Runner’s World explained How to Boost Your Metabolism—According to Science a really good piece explaining the relation between metabolism, nutrition and the influence of training.

The Bar Bend discussed The Pros and Cons of Meal Replacement Shakes, as the title suggests, it outlines the pros and cons, but also provides a guideline, what to look for in a meal replacement product.

Men’s Health shared Training And Diet Tips From 3 England Rugby Pros how to manage training and diet for optimal results.

Squat Articles

The Bar Bend discussed Do Knee Sleeves Increase the Weight In Squats? listing the different reason, why knee sleeves can potentially help your squat performance.

Elite FTS shared Breaking Dr John Rusin, Dave Tate taking a technique check on the Back Squat and Box Squat and taking you to his form check process for the different squat variations. Check it out

Olympic Lifting Articles 

Catalystathletics explained

Olympic Champion 2016 Lasha Talakhadze lifted a new world record in the Clean & Jerk with 264 kg, check it out

Aleksey Torokhtiy discussed

  • Why Weightlifting Shoes? an interesting article on how the evolution of weightlifting technique, as well as individual weightlifting styles, influence the design of the footwear.
  • How to Set Up for the Snatch, an outline of how to position your body in the snatch start position and the relation between body height and knee position during the set-up. Check it out

Zack Telander outlined the importance of controlling your emotions in order to allow yourself to progress. A bit of a philosophical outline, however, in my opinion, it carries a lot of truth. Check it out