Article recommendations week #35 2017

We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #35 2017

Strength Training Articles

Picture Fit discussed How Long Should You REST Between SETS? Using current research and meta-review, concluding a longer rest period (more than 60 seconds) leads to greater adaptations due to higher total volume. However, there seem to be exceptions to the rule, when training to failure, for single-joint movements, shorter rest seems to work fine, check it out

  • explained How To Get Strong In 2-3 Days A Week a great article, how to incorporate big lifts and vary intensity and rep schemes to minimize training time and volume
  • and the Buff Dudes outlined The 9 Best Mobility & Flexibility Drills (3-1) | Buff Dudes: Journey for the Goblet of Gains combining entertainment and education, also known as ‘edutainment’, check it out


Muscle & Fitness listed 6 Steps For Developing Lagging Body Parts, in my opinion, this article offers more than just developing lagging body parts, it outlines key training principles that can be applied to a variety of training goals, including strength development, power development, strength endurance development, etc.

Elite FTS explained

Interesting to see sites like, that a geared towards a general public are starting to acknowledge and to a certain extend promote strength training and heavy lifting – probably heavier lifting would be the right expression –  and exercise selection of compound movements, such as squatting and deadlifting in their article Want to Lift Heavy? Here Are 5 Must-Dos to Build a Strong Foundation First

The Barbell Physio shared The Ultimate Guide To Hamstring Strain Rehabilitation outlining causes of hamstring strains and exercise progressions for the rehabilitation process.

Breaking Muscle discussed

Robertson Training Systems shared

T-Nation discussed

Simplifaster explained How to Individualize Training Programs the Right Way a truly great resource of what needs to be considered in the individualization process.

Train Heroic showed how they use Use The Dynamic Effort Method for Explosive Speed and Power including measuring and controlling the velocity as a quality control. Check it out

Juggernaut Training Systems discussed different muscle fiber types, how different fiber types impact training and looking at the newest technology and monitoring options. Check it out


Youth (Strength) Training Articles

Simplifaster asked Can We Test for Talent? explaining what talent is, factors affecting talent and talent development and testing for talent identification, the possibilities, and pitfalls and non-controllables.

Plyometric Training Articles

Simplifaster followed up on the article from week 34 The Scandinavian Rebound Jump Test: Why Every Athlete Should Use It with another in-depth article about plyometric testing / Vertical Jump Testing The Complete Guide to Vertical Jump Testing for Coaches Also, check out the interview I have published last week with Dr. Jeremy Sheppard discussing how to increase the vertical jump and appropriate vertical jump testing for Volleyball

Men’s Health challenged Can You Do This Explosive Lunge Variation? whilst I think the environment of the video and explanation is debatable, this Scissor Jump variation offer a lot of benefits in your plyometric training program if you have mastered the scissor jump technique, check out the video

The Strength Coach Podcast shared episode 169- Boo Schexnayder on Organizing Your Plyometrics of the Strength Coach Podcast, a great episode, listen in


Back Squat and Front Squat Articles 

T-Nation shared Tip: Open Up Your Hips ‘killing two birds with one stone’ by combining internal hip rotation and external hip rotation in one drill, check it out

Juggernaut Training Systems discussed Foot Pressure & Knee Movement in the Squat looking at the movement of the hip and the knees during the squat, the engagement of different muscle groups during the squat and coaching cues for weightlifters and powerlifters, check it out


Olympic Lifting Articles

T-Nation shared Tip: Seated Snatches one of the biggest benefits of seated Snatches, in my opinion, is the use for sports that involves throwing or hitting. Why? Because it’s a way to train the external rotators of the shoulder progressively, rather than pulling on the same Thera-band with the exact same resistance day in and day out. Check out how to do seated Snatches and see the external rotation movement on the shoulder


The Bar Bend published Snatch Grip Push Press – Exercise Guide, Video Demo, and Benefits another great resource from the Bar Benders on muscle involvement, exercise demonstration, benefits, teaching basics and progressions and how to include it into a strength training program.

Stack outlined the Snatch Exercise: Form Guide, Common Mistakes, and Effective Variations a great article on how to do the Power Snatch, common technical flaws, how to correct them and Power Snatch variations and alternatives.

Elite FTS demonstrated a teaching progression for the Power Snatch and Power Clean, a warm up for the Power Snatch or Power Cleans and defining important terminology to understand for the Power Snatch technique and Power Clean technique WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Olympic Lifts Progression

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


Deadlift Articles

T-Nation shared a Tip: Paused vs. Touch-and-Go Deadlifts discussing the difference between Paused Deadlift and Touch-and-Go-Deadlifts, the benefits and disadvantages of each Deadlift variation and things you should avoid.

Breaking Muscle published an actionable Deadlift Checklist Prepare For Takeoff With The Deadlift Checklist.

Brendan Tietz explained How Low Should Your Hips Be in the Deadlift? | Easy Way to Figure It Out explaining how body dimensions (the length of the limbs) affect the start position of the Deadlift, check it out