Article recommendations week #29 2016

We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week 29 2016

Strength Training Articles

EliteFTS shared an interesting article on Which Way Should S&C Go? debating different viewpoints on where the profession might be heading in the future, looking at current trends.

TheBarbellPhysio listed the Top 5 Youth Athlete Strength Training Considerations emphasising the need for mastering techniques, developing movement competencies and preparing the young athletes for the demands to come.
This one aligns pretty well with the video and content presented further down in the Highlights of the week.

Performance360 outlined well-presented fact on 9 Benefits of Strength Training for Women

ScienceForSport presented the basic facts about HRV (heart rate variability) what it is, how it effects performance, the current state of the research and future research directions.

EricCressey shared valuable Random Thoughts on Sports Performance Training I especially like the point 1 and 3, emphasizing taking your time with younger athletes to develop technique and understanding the strength demands for the sport you are training for and the position within this sport. offered a trick to Gain 10 Percent More Power In Seconds! This trick actually works, but like with all these things it doesn’t work forever and the returns will diminish quickly so use it wisely. This example below could be one example how to use this combination explained in the article, a Clean Pull from the ground followed by a Power Clean from the blocks or rack.


Plyometric Training Articles

AboutSports outlined  5 Strength Training & Plyometric Methods to Improve Rebounding emphasising the need of squatting, weighted jumps, plyometrics (plus pulling strength and trunk control) to improve Rebounding in Basketball. The example below shows how such a combination of squatting (Front Squat) and plyos (drop jumps) can look.


Back Squat and Front Squat Articles

T-Nation shared a great Build a Savage Squat: The 5 Best Methods which is a great collection of methods, I think a differentiated look is needed, which of the five methods to use when. For example, the Reverse Band Squat would be the method of choice if the athlete wants to get accustomed to a higher weight on his shoulders, as well as a strategy of accommodating resistance for an exercise with an ascending strength curve. discussed How to Fix Hip Shift in the Squat a really good and complete article diagnosing different causes for a hip shift and providing the appropriate interventions.,

ScienceForSport shared another infographic from YLMSportScience presenting the results of a 6-week intervention comparing the results of performance indicators following a Front Squats training vs following a Hip Thrust based training.


Power Clean and Power Snatch Articles

Catalystathletics offered a valuable coaching cue for the Snatch or Power Snatch in the article Hips Forward & Up In The Snatch… You Can’t Be Great Without It and how to fix a common flaw in the Split Jerk  Fixing A Common Split Jerk Recovery Error  I guess it depends very much of the experience of the athlete, what I have found with probably lesser experienced athletes is the recovery from the back foot as an area that needs to be addressed early on.

This video shows the forward upward movement of the hip well, in the dumbell single-arm Power Snatch.

#dumbell #powersnatch @stephanhabets1996 #strengthtraining #powersnatches #dumbellpowersnatch

A video posted by Christian Bosse (@c.bosse) on


Highlights of the week

In the article recommendation of week #26 I presented the first part of the documentary from Pyrros Dimas, this week the second part has been released and it actually start off with the moment I mentioned from the Sydney Olympics in 2000 where he bounced back from being almost out of the competition to claiming his third Olympic gold medal.


It’s a highlight since I am a big admirer of Pyrros Dimas and I loved to see him when he was competing. Moreso it offers interesting insights into his beliefs why he became so successful from a look at the training routines and methods he followed.

In his younger years a lot of his training was focussed on a wide variety of movements, training intensities were moderate to high and a lot of emphasis on perfecting the technical execution. Once he left Albania and moved to Greece at the age of 17 years, the head coach in Greece was following a different philosophy, focussing on a few exercise, high training intensities and a high specificity towards the competitive demands.

Pyrros Dimas said, having gone through the school of a lot of variety has equipped him to maximally benefit from the highly specific program he followed from the age of 17 – 18 years.

This is fully aligned with common ideas on how to best develop athletes in any sport, provide a wide variety of movements and focus on technical mastery, which will ultimately greater rewards once you implement the more specific and targeted programs at a later stage (usually at the age of 18 years for females and 19 years for males, but this can vary depending on the sport).

Hetty van der Wouw winning a bronze medal in the sprint at the Junior World Championships 2016, congratulations Hetty!



This week we had our last training sessions with the track cycling group before they leave to Rio for the Olympic Games 2016.

All the best Matthijs Buchli, Jeffrey Hoogland, Nils van’t Hoenderdaal and Theo Bos! You guys are well prepared!