We have searched the net and sorted some of the most interesting and valuable articles of week 25
Strength Training Articles
EliteFTS shared two interesting articles The Mandatory Deload focusing on the importance of deloads in training programming to allow recovery of the central nervous system, muscluar system and connective tissue (tendons and ligaments).
The second article is about The Dying Art of Strength and Conditioning discussing the art and science of coaching, as well as its’ practical application.
ScienceForSport discussed the use of Elastic-Resistance-Training to improve athletic performance. I have found Elastic-Resistance-Training a very helpful tool and used it successfully over the last 8 years in certain periods in a training program. A quick overview how we use it How Strength Training works – Accommodating Resistance
T-Nation shared a Tip: Start Every Workout With a Strength Move suggesting to start every strength training workout with a ‘big lift’ such as Front Squat or Back Squat, a Deadlift variation, a Bench Press or Overhead Press. I would add an Olympic Lift or derivative of the Olympic Lifts, (Power Clean or Power Snatch) to the list.
JuggernautTraining offered a video Critique of the Bulgarian System / Squat every day it’s really worth watching! What I particularly like is the evaluation of methods or training methods on fundamental training principles. Which brings one of my favorite quotes to mind “As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” which is either attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson or Harrington Emmerson in any case regardless of author, the importance of understanding principle becomes evident.
CaliforniaStrength offered an interesting article on a not so often used variation of the Jerk The Squat Jerk: What does it take? I have used the Squat Jerk, either from the back or front and I believe it does offer some benefits. If you are planning to use the Squat Jerk, make sure you allocate some time in learning and mastering the technical execution.
Stack showed how to Build Strong and Durable Shoulders With This Push-Up Progression What I like about the article is the logical progression in exercises.
Hasfit showed a 20 Min Beginner Mobility WOD – Shoulder, Hip, Ankle, Thoracic Spine, & Wrist RomWOD which offers a good selection of mobility drills. My only point would be to bring it down to 5 mins and probably do it more frequently, rather than doing full 20 mins mobility work.