Article recommendations week #34 2017

We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #34 2017

Strength Training Articles

T-Nation shared

Alan Thrall discussed Why We Arch / How To Arch: Bench Press a great tutorial on the Bench Press technique, using mechanical principles and arguing why a reasonable arch is desirable. So, if you are interested in using some noticeable weight in the Bench Press, consider taking your feed off the bench. Check it out listed Five Advanced Pull-Up Variations For Building Muscle And Strength variations, where you either increase complexity or difficulty in order to make bodyweight Pull-Ups heavier.

Elite FTS discussed

[Video Mini-Course] an outstanding resource, including video explanations on topics progressions, training volume, movement sequencing and how to use practicality.

Club Connect shared a great resource on attentional focus and cueing Why Instructions Don’t Get Through to Your Clients—and How to Fix It. how to use external cues for better results with your athletes or clients. Whilst I believe, there is enough merit for external cues, internal cues also have their place in coaching.

Shredded by Science explained Daily Undulating Programming | How To Programme Your Training With Reps, Volume, and Intensity, what DUP (daily undulating programming) and how to apply it depending on your strength training goals. including the use of auto-regulation. Check it out

The Elite Performance Institute discussed different Recovery Strategies for Sports Performance an overview of what they are and what they do.

Breaking Muscle

The Poliquin Group outlined Ten Simple Steps to a Healthy Gut, no rocket science, but truly good advice. Behaviour change and habits are the keys.

Russian Bears shared Training of the Russian athlete – Dmitry Klokov, nothing really of value (with regards you could learn something from), but very entertaining, check it out

Simplifaster presented Velocity-Based Training Options for Strength an overview of how to use VBT (velocity-based training) in the strength training practice.

California Strength listed 4 essential Sleep Habits And Their Effect On Your Recovery

TD Athlete Edge explained Strength Training Basics simple and focussed on the ‘need to do’s’.

Starting Strength explained their way of The Barbell Row with Mark Rippetoe I definitely like his point on, that a movement needs to be quantifiable and movement compensations should be limited. Check it out

Mile Fit explained why distance runners should engage in strength training in the article College Coach Shares The Benefits Of Weight Lifting For Distance Runners

Tony Bonvechio showed 5 More Deload Week Mistakes de-load weeks are often underestimated and/or done half-heartedly, the article describes additional pitfalls that should be avoided.

Juggernaut Training Systems explained The Importance of Accessory Work describing the importance of accessory work with a strong focus on promoting muscular hypertrophy, including exercise selection for different body parts and intensification techniques. Check it out

Youth Strength Training Articles

Erica Suter explained Athletic Development is a PROCESS. And Whoever Says Otherwise, Is Lying. outlining the facts behind LTAD (long term athlete development). By the way, I could name a few examples of my athletes who are living proof of that process.

Stack shared 5 Things Athletes Need to Know About Talent important and underestimated points in the journey of talent development.

Power Training Articles

Nancy Newell shared her approach to medicine ball progressions and how her way of classifying medicine ball drills in the article Fastpitch Friday Ep.38 Softball: Managing Medicine Ball Progressions Also check out the video explanation

Plyometric Training Articles

Simplifaster explained The Scandinavian Rebound Jump Test: Why Every Athlete Should Use It not only how to use plyometric testing, but also how to effectively execute and train plyometric rebounds.

Science For Sport shared Counter Movement Jump (CMJ) how it is a useful plyometric test to determine sprint performances, 1RM maximal strength, and explosive-strength qualities.

Back Squat and Front Squat Articles 

The Barbell Physio outlined Back Friendly Leg Strength alternatives.

Breaking Muscle shared The Squat progression Guide how to progress bi-lateral and uni-lateral squat variations.

The Bar Bend compared different successful and famous Back Squat programs in the article Breaking Down Famous Back Squat Programs for Weightlifters.

Olympic Lifting Articles

The Bar Bend asked Push Press vs Overhead Press – Which Should You Choose? discussing which variation to chose for maximum strength, hypertrophy and athletic development. For those who have difficulties with the Push Press, they also offered Push Press Alternatives.

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

Deadlift Articles

I do like Eric Cressey’s coaching cue for the Single Leg RDL or Single Leg Deadlift, check it out

Men’s Health listed 3 Exercises That Will Improve Your Deadlift, check it out