We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #20 2017
Strength Training Articles
EliteFTS offered valuable alternatives for the big 3 lift in the article Bench, Squat, and Deadlift Alternatives for Bodybuilding
Picture Fit discussed Creatine and Caffeine – A BAD Mix? It’s assumed that creatine and caffeine aren’t the best combinations, however, this small tutorial might surprise you. Check out the video
The Silent Mike explained 3 Ways To Have A Bigger Bench, the first tip is probably the most valuable, you need proper programming and shouldn’t bench heavy in every single training. Check out the video
For all Strength & Conditioning Coaches, Elite FTS shared What Are Your Biggest Mistakes as a Strength Coach? I can vouch, these are important points to consider.
Juggernaut Training published
- Whats Your Question? #6, discussing forced reps, deadlift grip and using straps for deadlifting, training phases and more good stuff, check out the video
- The JuggLife with one of the greatest Powerlifters of all times Ed Coan, interesting discussion about training and planning, check it out
Youth Strength Training Articles
Swim Swam explained consideration for Taking Your Young Athlete To The Next Level Of Performance outlining important considerations for training youth athletes and busting some common misconceptions.
Nancy Newell shared 5 Lessons Why A Pro Approach Will Fail When Coaching the Youth Athlete emphasizing the fact that youth athletes and their demands are inherently different from adult athletes.
Power Training Articles
Stack explained How to Use a Short Workout the Day Before a Game to Increase Your Explosiveness summarizing a study, that compared short explosive sessions vs rest the last days before the competition on performance. The results, the explosive training group improved performance, whilst the rest group didn’t.
Plyometric Training Articles
Breaking Muscle discussed Plyometrics For Bodybuilding the rationale and implementation of Plyometric Training for Bodybuilding. Whilst I agree with the thought process and rationale provided in the article, I would carefully consider training experience of plyometric training and bodyweight when implementing a plyometric training program for bodybuilders.
Fusion Sport released another video on Plyometric Progression with Coach Wilmot this time looking at higher intensity plyometrics and how to progress towards these higher intensities in your plyometric training program. Check it out
Back Squat and Front Squat Articles
The Bar Bend published a series of great articles around the topic squatting, check it how
- Trap Bar Squat vs Back Squat – Key Differences and Technique and explaining the key differences, but also pointing out that the Trap Bar Squat or Trap Bar Deadlift is actually more a bending pattern or deadlifting pattern, rather than a squatting pattern.
- Squats Exercise Guide – Proper Form and Muscles Worked a complete guide to squatting
- Front Squat Exercise Guide – Proper Form and Muscles Worked another complete guide, this time about Front Squatting
- the Bar Bend and I have coordinated that well, as I have published a Front Squat tutorial – just joking…
Sad news, Frederik Hatfield passed away at the age of 74 years. Who don’t know who Fred Hatfield is, the first man to squat 1000 pounds in competition and nicknamed Dr. Squat, check out one of his last talks sharing his wealth of knowledge about strength training
T-Nation shared a
- Tip: The Best Overall Deadlift Style looking at the different deadlift styles and which deadlift style is best suited for who
- Deadlift Tip: Finish Your Deadlift outlining the importance of the hip extension / final hip extension, check out the video
Highlight of the week
Why is this a highlight?
In my opinion, Federer demonstrates, how important decisions are and that being a professional athlete with a goal in mind sometimes requires you to take decisions, that you don’t like in order to raise your chances of getting something what you really want.
Federer states the decision to pull out of Roland Garros is based on his goal to be in the best possible shape for Wimbledon and to have a long career.