We have searched the net and sorted some of the most interesting and valuable articles of week 24
Strength Training Articles
Catalystathletics shared an interesting article about controlling body weight Three Reasons Why Your Body Weight Is Your Problem it revolves around the topic of body weight control in Olympic Weightlifting and different weight categories. What I like about the article are the underlying principles of taking ownership, which can be applied to many things, not only body weight control as in this article.
Lift Big Eat Big published another great article 10 Things I wish I would Have Learned Sooner hitting home on quite a few of my core beliefs, such as mastering the basics, track your progress, focus on food, not supplements, hire a coach. Definitely worth reading!
T-Nation discussed the question of evidence-based practice versus practice-based evidence, should we follow recommendations that result out of scientific research (evidence-based practice) or should we emphasize what we experience, observe and learn in the field (practice-based evidence)? As a practitioner, I am a bit biased and inclined towards practice-based evidence, while I am convinced that the best of both worlds is somewhere in between.
Strengtheory produced another great piece of information on Training Based On Muscle Fiber Type: Are You Missing Out? as usual from Strengtheory, well researched and information dense and in conclusion the answer to the question of training based on muscle fiber type is more diverse than we usually think.
Science for Sport offered two good articles this week, one about the Needs Analysis and a practical application / example of a needs analysis for basketball. The second one is a share from YLMSportScience on the 15 All Black Principles and full of ‘value nuggets’ such as play with purpose / have a purpose, train to win, know yourself, sacrifice, ritualise to actualise and much more. I guess the more you learn about the All Black you realize that their success and prestige is not by chance, but much rather a result of what they are doing and living, awesome.
Stack contributed to the LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) discussion with their article How Old Does Your Child Need to Be to Start Working Out? and pointing out a few valuable arguments to consider. Encapsulating the idea that training for children needs to be entirely different than training mature athletes, rather than focussing on success in competition, engagement, and a positive environment is more important at the young ages.
BJJE shared two articles Best of Andre Galvao’s Strength & Conditioning Training For BJJ and Best of Olympic Champ Ilias Iliadis Strength Training For Judo giving an insight into strength training and strength training routines of different martial art disciplines.
This week we found 3 valuable articles about the deadlift.
Bodybuilding.com looked at the different sticking points in the deadlift and how to attach those in their article What’s Wrong With Your Deadlift?
T-Nation demonstrated how the squat-stance deadlift can transfer to squatting. I have used the squat stance deadlift variation many times with advanced athletes that weren’t able to squat, as a temporary replacement for the squat. You can load this exercise quickly and safely while you work o learning the squat.
Stack looked at How to Master the Single-Leg RDL pointing out the most common mistakes and flaws and showing exercises to help learn the single-leg RDL
Back Squat, Front Squat and Overhead Squat Articles
Strength & Conditioning Research shared a valuable resource Why do partial squats not transfer very well to sport? providing results from research why full rang squats have a higher transfer to sports performance (running, jumping, etc) than partial squats. Reminds me of an article of Schmidtbleicher & colleagues on Influence of squatting depth on jumping performance who also found that full range Back Squats and full range Front Squats have a greater transfer to jump performance than partial range Back Squats.
The Check Institute explained how the Overhead Squat teaches primal movements in the article Primal Pattern Movements: Overhead Squat I would argue the rep range of 8-12 is too high for Overhead Squats.
Stack‘s article The Overhead Squat: A Simple Exercise That Works Your Entire Body gives a good overview of the benefits and how to coach the Overhead Squat.
Seacoast Kettlebell showed a variation of the Overhead Squat Kettlebell Exercise Snapshot: Overhead Squat a variation of the Overhead Squat we use if an athlete can use only one arm, so we are still able to work on the Overhead Squatting pattern.