Article recommendations week #34 2018

The most valuable and interesting articles in week #34 2018

Strength Training Articles

Simplifaster discussed Muscle Growth and Strength Training for Sports: How Much and for How Long? a really interesting article about the different timelines for muscular hypertrophy per body part and the main variables that influence muscular hypertrophy.

Dr. John Rusin described Functional Isometrics for Strength, Mass & Mind-muscle Connection, what functional isometrics are and how to use them for the different training goals.

Jeff Nippard asked Is Viagra Better Than Steroids For Muscle Growth? (New Research) | Science Explained, looking at the title I thought it’s a bit of a nonsense topic and not that interesting, however watching a few minutes and the scientific explanation of the researcher featured in this video made it actually interesting and share-worthy. Check it out

T-Nation shared

Breaking Muscle outlined why Resistance Training Improves Exercise Motivation, presenting a study, that looked at adherence rates of elderly people after a period of supervised strength training and concluding, the effects of resistance training lead to greater motivation and adherence to continuing with the resistance training.

Stack listed 3 ways for an athlete to become more consistent and forming better habits in the article Discipline is Freedom: 3 Ways Athletes Can Become More Consistent.

Renaissance Periodisation discussed Coaching Semantics, a bit of a philosophical outline, but it does confirm the point, that you need to be able to speak the language of the people you train to get buy-in.

Shrugged Collective released

  • the Front Foot Elevated Reverse Lunges – Leg Strength, the benefits of this lunge derivative and the different variations. Check it out
  • Always Faithful with Coach Mike Burgener, Mike Burgener has influenced many athletes in Olympic Weightlifting and Crossfit. Check out his wealth of experience

Elite FTS shared

The Barbend explained How to Use the Safety Squat Bar to Improve Your Bench and Shoulder Press, the benefits of the SSB (safety squat bar), and the practical application for Powerlifting, Strongman and Olympic Weightlifting.

Stronger by Science asked Should You Fear Lumbar Flexion? an in-depth piece defining different spinal positions and taking a deep dive into the research of different spinal position and its’ effects on spinal health.

Juggernaut Training Systems shared

  • Al Feuerbach | Strength History Minute, a shot putter with fairly low body mass displaying incredible feats of strength and athleticism. Check it out
  • Addressing Weak Points | Bench | Off the Chest, outlining the reason why you might be weak off the chest and corrective exercises to get stronger in the bottom position in the Bench Press. Check it out

Nutrition Articles released Fitness Myths Busted: Creatine, Protein, & The Anabolic Window, an interesting discussion about what is actually facts and what are myths. Check it out

Power Training Articles

Stack explained Why Training to Failure Can Actually Hinder Your Strength, Power and Explosiveness Gains presenting a study comparing two groups, one training to failure one not, and the result of this training on jumping ability and rate of force development.

Squat Articles

Elite FTS outlined the Hinge Position by Christian Anto Squat Tips From the LTTX, I argue this position might be discussed controversially, however, interesting to check out

Aleksey Torokhtiy demonstrated the 5 Best Mobility | Flexibility Drills for Clean, Front Squat, Jerk, an interesting variation of drills to get a better front rack position. Check it out, you need to switch on the subtitles, however, a lot of the demonstrations are self-explanatory

Olympic Lifting Articles 

Catalystathletics explained

Zach Tealander showed Snatch Progression from one of his seminars, teaching the first pull, contact point and receiving with different corrective exercises. Check it out

Deadlift Articles 

T-Nation shared a Tip: The Best Way to Do Romanian Deadlifts, I am not sure if I fully align with the idea, however, I like the point, that the smith machine allows you to lean further back and get a deeper stretch because of the counter-balancing. Check out their video

The Barbend released the Suitcase Deadlift Ultimate Guide describing proper form, Suitcase Deadlift benefits, which muscles are involved, as well as different Suitcase Deadlift variations and programming advice.