Article recommendations week #45 2017

We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #45 2017

Strength Training Articles

Life Hacker explained How To Get Personal Training Sessions For Free as part of their evil week, where they cover ‘evil’ opportunities, like paying less at Starbucks etc. One point the Life Hacker misses, in my opinion, is, that the tactic outlined might certainly be free of monetary charge, however, figuring things out by yourself will cost you time.

For most people, the limited resource is not knowledge, knowledge is available in abundance with so many different search engines (Google, Youtube, etc) as well as learning platforms (Udemy, Udacity, Skillshare, Teachable, just to name a few).

You can learn anything by yourself, however, the time it takes you to learn something by yourself can be reduced drastically by a good coach or mentor, who teaches you. Consequently, if you follow Life Hackers tactic, yes, you pay less money, but you pay with your time.

As Mosin Hamid wisely said ‘Time only moves in one direction.’ you can regain money, health, whatever it might be, but you can’t regain time. Consequently, everyone should think for himself or herself, what your most limited resource is.

So, with this small philosophical ‘rant’, let’s kick off the article recommendations for week #45 2017

Picture Fit discussed Morning vs Evening, what is the Best Time of Day to Workout looking at circadian rhythms and different studies outlining the important variables to consider, when you should train. Interesting results, check it out

T-Nation shared

Simplifaster outlined

Complementary Training shared Using Excel to Create a Basic Athlete Load Monitoring Tool Part 2 how to use simple excel spreadsheet to monitor Training Load. Check out the tutorial and grab your free spreadsheet

The Functional Path Training reviewed Fundamental Training Principles check it out, once you understand and apply these principles 80% of the work is done.

Starting Strength discussed Strength and the Ineffectiveness of Modern Strength and Conditioning outlining the importance of the core competency of the Strength & Conditioning industry and the current state of Strength & Conditioning in professional sports, check it out

The Bar Bend published

Stack explained How to Perform Walking Lunges Correctly looking at the basics of the Walking Lunge Form, finding the correct step length and how to implement it into your strength training program.

Shredded by Science outlined listening techniques to Becoming A Better Personal Trainer | How To Be The BEST PT | One To One Chat Techniques. The importance of conversational techniques and how to these techniques, check it out

Elite FTS outlined

Breaking Muscle explained Train Your Breath To Multiply Your Fitness the importance of breathing, all NLP-ers (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) know that the breath is the first link in the chain of excellence.

Stronger By Science discussed Concurrent Training for the Powerlifter, Part 1: An Introduction and Background, what concurrent training is, what the research says and how it applies to Powerlifting.

Tony Gentilcore shared

Barbell Shrugged discussed Scientific Principles of Strength Training with Chad Wesley Smith from Juggernaut Training Systems, watch this 45 mins and you know almost everything you need to know about Training Principles and their application. Check it out

Youth Strength Training Articles

Simplifaster shared an approach to Developing Youth Sports Speed in a Team Setting outlining the importance of skill development, how to structure a speed training session and speed session rules.

Nutrition Articles

Breaking Muscle outlined The Benefits Of Flexible Dieting discussing why your body reacts favorably to flexible dieting.

The Bar Bend listed 5 Uncommon Supplements to Boost Your Power by looking at the scientific support behind the supplements.

Plyometric Training Articles

Stack listed Plyometric Exercises for Runners providing outlines for an effective plyometric workout, as well as a sample program. What I like about the Plyometric Workout presented is, that it provides the training volume (number of contacts), on the flip side, there could be more variation in the rep range depending on the plyometric exercise.

Back Squat and Front Squat Articles 

The Bar Bend compared Pistol Squat vs Barbell Squat describing the benefits of each squatting variation and application to sports (performance).

Men’s XP discussed How Deep Does Your Squat Have To Be outlining the different possible causes, why the correct squat depth is individual.

Olympic Lifting Articles

Have you ever seen and heard athletes stomping the ground in the Olympic Lifts and asked you whether that makes sense? Catalystathletics answered the question in the article Ask Greg: Stomping the Feet in the Snatch & Clean

The Barbell Physio discussed Improving Positioning In The Snatch an interesting tutorial on how to use corrective exercises to improve the overhead position. Check the tutorial

Deadlift Articles

EliteFTS shared the Trap Bar Deadlift 101 a good outline of positioning, execution, common mistakes and a planning example how to implement the Trap Bar Deadlift. Check out the tutorial

Highlights of the Week

Absolutely delighted to see Harrie Lavreysen, one of my athletes, taking home the gold medal in the individual sprint at the Track Cycling World Cup this weekend.