Article recommendations week #33 2017

We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #33 2017

Strength Training Articles

Fitness and Power outlined 3 Full Body Workouts For Fat Loss a selection of workout examples, suited for fat loss. Interestingly, it’s mainly based around heavy compound lifts. Also, check out the article how strength training helps weight loss.

Picture Fit answered Is Training to FAILURE Necessary? defining what failure is, who is suited training to failure and who not, which exercises are suited for training to failure and what does the research say about training to failure on gaining muscle mass and strength gains, check it out


T-Nation illustrated

Breaking Muscle explained  You Don’t Need Motivation, You Need Discipline explaining how motivation can dissipate, whilst if you have chosen to be disciplined, it will remain. Goes back to the quote of Jim Rohn ‘Motivation get you started, discipline keeps you growing.’

Elite FTS shared

Tony Gentilcore discussed 9 Ways To Progress The Landmine Press whether you like the Landmine Press or not, Tony’s common sense progressions and regressions definitely deserve credit.

The Barbell Physio shared The Best Thoracic Spine Mobility Exercises a great selection of mobility drills.

Simplifaster published an almost Ultimate Guide on Cluster Training: How to Navigate Through the New Science answering, what Cluster Training is, how to use it and how to plan and periodize it. explained How To Gain Weight The Right Way a good outline on how to focus on a few big wins can bring big changes.

Shredded by Science discussed

  • Low Vs High Reps | DUP | PERIODISATION With Mike Zourdos presenting a study comparing low repetitions and high repetitions and the respective outcomes, quite interesting! Check it out
  • The Best Protein Intake | Managing Macros With Eric Helms how to effectively use protein, should protein prescribed on percentage of total energy intake or percentage of body weight, when a high protein is recommended and when not and how to cycle proteins, check it out


Dr. John Rusin shared The Lifter’s Guide To Training Through Shoulder Pain explaining the causes of shoulder pain and how to fix them.

Complementary Training explained how to use an undulating framework for the strength training program design in the article Undulating Mixed Strength Program including a detailed video explanation. Check it out.

Eric Bach questioned Is Bad Posture Killing You? how to detect whether you posture needs improvement and how to fix the weak spots.

Starting Strength explained The Three Most Effective Ways to Waste Time in the Gym (Audio Only) outlining their (Starting Strength) rationale for what is unnecessary to be done in the gym, worth listening to, check it out


Youth Strength Training Articles

In Weightlifting WE Trust shared a glimpse into the Chinese Weightlifting LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) Model, focus on technical execution and mastery. Really interesting to see

Power Training Articles

The Bar Bend expanded on last week’s article Medicine Ball Slam Alternatives with Medicine Ball Slams Ultimate Guide discussing muscular activation and how to apply it as a power training tool.

Speed Training Articles

Speed Endurance shared The Perfect 4x100m Relay? a really interesting article outlining the thought process and criteria, that goes into selecting the sprinters for the relay.

Back Squat and Front Squat Articles 

All Things Gym shared a training impression from Mart Seim Back Squatting 270 kg for 12 reps, check it out

Squat 270×12 #martseim #squat #ihatecardio

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The Bar Bend explained how Chains & Bands Are the Secret to Stronger Front Squats including an applied training plan and outline how to use bands and chains.

Olympic Lifting Articles

Catalystathletics explained Dynamic Starts in the Snatch & Clean: Why & When to Use Them explaining the differences between a static start and dynamic start and who should use it.

Juggernaut Training System shared General Training for Weightlifting what general training is for Olympic Weightlifting, exercise selection and training methods, check it out

The Snatch Balance has gained a lot of popularity over the last years because it looks pretty cool. And in my opinion, it also displays quite a few athletic skills, as you need display a combination of speed, strength, and coordination to dominate the movement. The Bar Bend outlined the exercise Snatch Balance from a technical standpoint and benefits of the lift in the article Snatch Balance Exercise Guide: Technique & Benefits

Aleksey Torokhtiy published the technical execution of the Power Jerk, all you need to know in under 60 seconds, check it out


Deadlift Articles

Starting Strength explained The Stiff-Legged Deadlift | On the Platform how they (Starting Strength) teaches and trains the Stiff-Legged Deadlift, check it out


Highlights of the Week

A year ago during the Olympic Games in Rio, a few of my athletes were celebrating their biggest successes

Elis Lightlee winning the Gold Medal at the Women’s Keirin event


Matthijs Büchli winning the Silver Medal at the Men’s Keirin event


Jelle van Gorkom winning the Silver Medal at the Men’s BMX event

But there are also the stories of the unsung heroes, Niek Kimman who crashed severely in the second of 3 quarter finals, not only picked up his bike and carried it over the finish line to secure a point, he also started in the third quarter final and a day later managed to qualify for the final. Check out the video (it’s in dutch, but you can pick up from the movie)