The most interesting and valuable articles of week #40 2019.
Strength Training Articles
Stronger By Science demostrated how Using Velocity to Autoregulate May Increase Strength Gains, outlining the benefits of velocity monitoring and velocity-based training to improve strength levels.
Shredded Sports Science explained how to Burn Fat: HIIT or Steady State Cardio? The difference between the two, the importance of context for deciding which one is better, and planning considerations. Check it out
- Why Training Hard Every Day Is a Terrible Idea, why you need to understand the principle of stimulus – recovery – adaptation in order to progress in your training.
- Why Champions Get in the Weight Room During Their Season, the importance of maximizing the time during the off-season.
Jeff Nippard discussed different topics, such as RPE (rate of perceived exertion), RIR (reps in reserve), compound movements such as rows and presses for biceps and triceps development, muscle confusion, and sodium bicarbonate. Check it out
Robertson Training Systems outlined
- Why I Hate The Term “Movement Quality”, why the term in isolation doesn’t make a lot of sense, and understanding context is important.
- Nick Lambe On Becoming A Sleep Coach, an interesting chat with a sleep coach, with practical advice on how to improve sleep. Listen in
Science For Sports discussed the different markers to monitor fatigue in the article Fatigue monitoring: Which metrics should we be tracking?
Fitness FAQ shared The Perfect Arm Arm Workout, outlining a few bodyweight exercises, that target the arms specifically. Check it out
The PTDC released Metabolic Conditioning: Don’t Say It Unless You Understand It, what metabolic conditioning is, exercise selection for metabolic conditioning, and programming considerations.
Squat University explained The Ultimate Shoulder Warm Up Exercise, whether it’s the ultimate, I am not really sure, however, it’s certainly one good warm up variation for the shoulder. Check it out
The Bar Bend shared
- Why Powerlifters Should Be Accessory Lifting With A Swiss Bar, the benefits of the swiss bar for different strength movements.
- Machines Vs Free Weights: Pros, Cons, and Which Is Best for Strength and Mass, discussing the pros and cons (as the title suggests), and when to use which one.
- Greg Nuckols: A Better Way to Approach Strength Research, an interview with Greg Nuckols chatting training and strength science. Listen in
- What Most Lifters Get Wrong About Progressive Overload, what progressive overload is, the different types of progressive overload and how to use it. Check it out
Elite FTS shared
- Training Frequency Considerations for Strength Sports, the right training frequency for bodybuilding, powerlifting, olympic weightlifting, and strongmen.
- 15-Week Peak Program Using RPE, what RPE (rate of perceived exertion) is, how to use it to plan your training, and an example program.
Pulse described How to Use Cardio to Make Your Strength Training Better, the benefits of moderate cardio on your strength training adaptations.
Stuff.co.nz released an interesting piece on mindset and mental health in professional sport in the article All Blacks World Cup star Anton Lienert-Brown speaks out on power of mental health.
Juggernaut Training Systems discussed Tackling Obesity with Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, misconceptions about obesity, and different strategies to tackle it. Check it out
- 9 important considerations To Lose Fat While Keeping Your Gains.
- the benefits of Yoga for CrossFit Athletes, demonstrating a different asanas and how they can help, not only Crossfit athletes.
Calisthenicmovement demanded Stop Doing These 5 Exercises, demonstrating popular exercises that are potentially dangerous and what you can do instead. Check it out
Youth Strength Training Articles
Stack explained Why You Don’t Need a Barbell to Make Kids Better Athletes, describing different variations kids can do, including an example training plan.
T-Nation shared a Tip: The Truth About Exogenous Ketones, the sense and non-sense of exogenous (supplemented) ketones.
Power Training Articles
Box Rox explained How to Build Explosive Power for Weightlifting and Functional Fitness, what explosive power is, and the different means to develop explosive power.
Speed Training Articles
Stack explained Why Most Sprint Drills Don’t Make You Faster (And What to Do Instead), the shortcomings of speed drills, the demands of most sports, and how to meet these demands with your training design.
Olympic Lifting Articles
Aleksey Torokhtiy explained
- Muscle Work In Weightlifting, the muscular activation of the different Olympic Lifts, and their effect on the nervous system.
- How to lift: Go back to the weightlifting basics, a sneak peak into one of his weightlifting camps. Check it out
- How to Adjust the Rack between the Clean and Jerk, the different variations of how to adjust the rack position with its’ benefits or disadvantageous. Check it out
- the Lat Sweep In The Snatch, how to engage the lats or not in the Snatch, and all elements contributing to keeping the bar close to you during the lift. Check it out
Elite FTS outlined A Conjugate-Triphasic Program for a PR Squat, how to combine the 3 Westside efforts (max effort, dynamic effort, and repeated effort) into a training program for a bigger squat.
The Bar Bend discussed Squat Vs Deadlift | Which Is Better for Strength and Mass? Comparing the muscular activation of each lift, which is better for strength, the interference between the lifts, and which one you need more time to recover from. Check it out
Highlight of the week
Red Bull TV released All or Nothing with Twan van Gendt I Becoming a BMX World Champion, Twan’s road to becoming World Champion 2019. Check it out
Also check out Twan’s profile and the interview with Twan ‘Be less greedy!’ says Twan van Gendt – Olympic athletes interviewed Episode 1