Actually, this should have been the highlight of the week, but hey “Who can possibly compete with Pyrros Dimas?”
Youth Strength Training Articles
Breakingmuscle followed up on last week’s post on youth strength training with an article on Traditional vs. Undulating Periodization in Youth Athletes confirming what earlier investigations have found out that the periodization model for youth athletes is less of importance as opposed to a well-runded and structured program approach.
Plyometric Training Articles
The Elite Performance Institute published Plyometric Training & Stretch Shortening Cycle (SSC) a great article covering the physiology, underlying principles, testing & monitoring of plyometric training and the practical application.
Fitness Pain-free wrote a good article on how to implement plyometric training and the benefits of implementing plyometric training Why Your Training Program Should Include Plyometrics And Jumping
Lachlan Wilmot tweeted on Box Jump Training and showcasing in a very clear way the common fallacy of a higher box doesn’t always mean the athlete jumps higher. Thanks, Lachlan.
Stack shared 3 articles
The article Boost Your Vertical Jump With These Strength Exercises ties in with the theme I covered this week on how to increase the vertical in the article How Plyometrics Increase Your Vertical
Back Squat and Front Squat Articles
Bodybuilding.com states The One Lift Every Woman Should Do is a squat variation of some sort, whether it’s a Kettlebell Goblet Squat or a full Back Squat. They also recommended useful squat progressions for athletes that start out with learning the squat.
Men’s Health show How Working One Leg At a Time Builds More Muscle another good article emphasizing the incorporation of single-legged exercises, something we also emphasize strongly and had very good results so far. Have a look at some of their proposed exercises in the video below. As I mentioned in last week’s review I would probably opt for a stronger loading approach as Men’s Health.
Fitness and Power gave 4 Reasons why Squats are Better than Leg Presses and giving some really good rationale for their claim.
T-Nation shared a simple and effective ankle mobility test, that we also use all the time in their article Tip: Fix Your Ankle Mobility, Fix Your Squat
The Strength Sensei Charles Poliquin offered The Simple Grip Trick That Can Make You Squat More I do like the advice of squeezing the bar, which can help improve stability during the ascend. Whether it recruits more muscle fibers I am not sure, but have a look at the video.