The most interesting and valuable articles of week #12 2019.
Strength Training Articles
Men’s Health explained Want Massive Size and Strength Gains? Try the Texas Method. What the texas method is, as popularized by Rippetoe, the benefits of the texas method, and how to apply it.
T-Nation listed The 7 Most Important Lifts, and the reason, why they are most important.
Box Rox outlined
- Why The 9 Foundational Movements are So Important in CrossFit, what the 9 movements are, how they are progressed and the rationale for putting them into your program.
- How to Improve your Performance: Quality over Quantity, a simple step-by-step approach to improve your training quality for better results.
Jeff Nippard described Why You Should STRETCH Between Every Set From Now On, looking at recent research results, that indicate you should include stretching in your routine if you are interested in muscular hypertrophy. Check it out
Elite FTS shared
- Troubleshooting Strength Injuries: How to Autoregulate, the use of auto-regulation when dealing with injuries, the common bottlenecks and how to apply it effectively.
- The Two Variables That Change It All: Load and Speed, how to manipulate these variables for maximum success in athletes at the different stages of their athletic life span. I definitely like the analogy, the dynamic effort can be represented as F=m*A, and the maximum effort can be represented as F=M*a (and the repetition effort can be represented F=m*a).
- Is an Exercise Science Degree Worth It? Discussing the value of a degree, alternative apporaches to obtain the necessary knowledge. Check it out
- Jim Wendler’s 5 Training Core Values, outlining the core values, from starting light, over slow progression, exercise selection, setting PR’s and balancing training, and why they are important. Check it out
Train Heroic described the importance of A Beginner’s Mindset, and why you need to be open to learning and understanding in order to make continuous progress.
The Bar Bend explained
- how to Never Stop Growing: How to Win Your Off Days From the Gym, how to schedule, plan and execute your off days effectively.
- the technical key points of the overhead press in the article 10 Commandments of the Overhead Press, everything you need to know from grip, stance, head position and head movement, and common technical flaws.
Breaking Muscle outlined
- Why You Need A Woman On Your Staff, an interesting explanation, what women can add to a male dominant domain.
- How to Make Linear Progression Work For You, discussing the different stages of adaptation, what linear progression is, and the importance of tracking your progress.
- Exceed Your Limits With Functional Overreaching, the title is a bit misleading I guess, but the article is a great piece on how to put a training program together.
Power Athlete HQ discussed the importance of self-awareness in the article Battling Your Own Bullshit: The Moment a bit of a philosophical piece, but definitely good.
Youth Strength Training Articles
Simplifaster explained What Strength Coaches Should Know About Physical Education, important lessons when teaching and training young athletes.
Bodybuilding.com listed 3 Reasons Fasted Cardio Doesn’t Work | Darryn Willoughby, Ph.D. Why the catabolic phase of fasted cardio is problematic, and suitable alternatives Check it out
Picture Fit asked Does Eating Fat Make You Fat? The role of the 3 different macro-nutrients, and looking at what the research says. Check it out
The Bar Bend Are High Protein Diets Bad for the Kidneys? What is a normal protein intake vs high protein intake, what the studies say, and practical recommendations to find the right amount of protein to consume. Check it out
Renaissance Periodization shared The RP Diet 2.0 | Chapter 13 | Special Diet Circumstances, how to adjust your nutrition to increased daily training frequency, adjust it to different sporting demands, and special considerations for pregancy. Check it out
Power Training Articles
Men’s Health explained How You Should Use Medicine Balls In Your Workouts, the benefits of med balls, the practical training application, and example exercises.
Breaking Muscle covered Thoracic Mobility: Chest Up When You Squat, a common issue when squatting, limited thoracic mobility, and how to fix it. Check it out
Dr. John Rusin outlined The Science of Finding the Perfect Squat Stance, why squat stances can differ by individual, outlining the different squat stances, and how to find the right squat stance.
The Strength Athlete discussed Low Bar or High Bar? an interesting point of view to determine the right bar position for you. Check it out
Olympic Lifting Articles
Aleksey Torokhtiy outlined
- the Technique Evolution in Olympic Weightlifting in the last 100 years, an interesting read.
- The Snatch Manual / Crossfit Open 19.4, a really interesting, and illustrative outline of the Snatch technique, and the training progressions. Check it out
Simplifaster shared What I Learned from Al Vermeil on Weightlifting, Part 3, an in-depth outline of the use of Olympic Lifts and derivatives in the development of athletes. Also, check out part 1 and part 2. It’s worth mentioning, that Al Vermeil was the strength & conditioning coach for the legendary Chicago Bulls team in the late 80’s and 90’s.
Zack Telander explained a common technical flaw in the Snatch Technique: Fixing the Jump Forward, why it occurs, and a few corrective exercises to fix this problem. Check it out
Catalystathletics asked How Fast Should the First Pull Be? Snatch & Clean Technique, an outline of the optimal speed of the first pull, why the first pull is slower than the second pull, and how to modulate the forces in the first pull with lower intensities. Check it out