We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #37 2016
Strength Training Articles
Breakingmuscle published 3 articles
- The Only Variable That Matters guess what that one variable is – yes, it’s consistency. Can’t agree more, that’s what I have seen over the years as well, the guys that always show up will reap the benefits in the long run!
- Stop Being So Fragile: Push Harder and Overreach a good article on the topic of overreaching and how overreaching is (to a certain extent) part of the adaptation process
- Can You Train Mental Toughness? an interesting discussion on whether you can train mental toughness or not, with a solid conclusion ‘everything is trainable.’
Tony Gentilcore shared 2 articles
- How to Make your Programs Programs your Clients will actually follow some good points to think about, when you do your programming and planning
- How Unilateral Strength Training Can Improve Your Squat, Bench, and Deadlift explaining the integration of unilateral (one arm or one-legged) training helps improved the bilateral training (both arms, both legs), something we do all the time
T-Nation published two good articles
- The Missing Movement 10 experts discussing the best exercise that you are not doing
- The 4 Levels of Pull-Up Power a really good solid approach how to progress the Pull-Up from simple through to complex
The Poliquin Group offered Ten Glute Training Tips for a Stronger and Leaner Backside interesting to see that it mainly involves compound movements.
Eric Cressey debated Strength and Conditioning Programs: Methods vs. Applications where Eric argues, that every (training) method should have an application to be useful, which ties in well with my article of this week 3 Steps to Develop your own Power Training Method.
- Why Full-Body Workouts Make You Stronger offering a few good points to favor full-body strength training programs.
- 8 Gym Benchmarks Everyone Can Achieve a really great article on strength standards / benchmarks and how to use them from Mike Robertson, which aligns pretty well with the standards I have put out for
- the Back Squat in the article The Fundamentals of the Back Squat
- the Front Squat in the article What Do Front Squats Develop and Why You Need To Do Them
- the Power Clean in the article The Ultimate Guide to Power Cleans
- the Power Snatch in the article The Ultimate Guide to Power Snatches
Advanced Human Performance published a detailed piece on Eccentric Isometrics The Ultimate Way to Strength Train explaining the benefits, its’ application, and underlying principles. If you are unsure how the author defines Eccentri Isometrics have a look at the video below
Youth Strength Training Articles
Breakingmuscle proposed A Lesson Plan for the Youth Athlete a good approach to setting priorities for youth athletes with the bottom-line, that the goal with youth athletes is not to create elite-level lifters, but to prepare them for the future by helping them accumulate as many skills as possible. I fully agree!
Stack recommend 3 Things Youth Athletes Should Never Do in the Weight Room simple and effective advice.
Plyometric Training Articles
Back Squat and Front Squat Articles
Men’s Health explains how This Common Squat Mistake Could Seriously Injure Your Lower Back a common flaw you see often during the Back Squat, which is most often attributed to improper Back Squat form or weak anterior chain muscles.
The Strength Sensei Charles Poliquin offered A Great Tip to Improve Shoulder Flexibility in the Squat have a look at the video below
Power Clean, Power Snatch and Olympic Lifting Articles
Catalystathletics shared two great articles
- The First Pull: Your First Chance to Get the Snatch & Clean Right a very detailed analysis of the first pull and how to improve it, reminds me of the saying ‘the first pull, where the lift is made or lost’.
- Ask Greg: Snatch & Clean Pull Loading & Necessity I do like the discussion on the necessity of the Snatch Pull or Clean Pull. Whether you should use them or not? I guess the answer depends on, some people tend to pull heavily with the arms, for them, Pulls might not be the right assistance exercise. Others, however, don’t get a full hip extension during the second pull, for them, the Pulls would be a good add-on.
Highlights of the week
Seeing Jelle van Gorkom delivering the first iPhone 7 in the Netherlands. Worth watching!
If you want to see, what Jelle does next to delivering iPhones watch it here.
Anneke Beerten taking the bronze medal at the 4X World Champs 2016
If you wonder what 4X is, have a look at her quarterfinal race
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