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
- Expert Advice for the Over-40 Lifter asking experts in the field, what their advice is for the older lifter.
- Tip: For Strength, Simplify Your Workout I can fully align with that
- Tip: 4 Technique Fixers for Strength Gains guidelines to fix your technique on the big lifts.
- Tip: The Biggest Mistake Lifters Make a really good article explaining how athletes need to be able to reflect on their current abilities and make the right comparisons. Plus, mentioning the infinite search for the holy grail of training.
- Tip: 9 Upper Body Mobility Drills most often we see a lot of mobility drills for the lower body, so this is a nice collection of upper body mobility drills, check out the video
- How to Fix What Is Wrong with Strength and Conditioning the entire discussion is based on the American college situation, however, a good and interesting read.
- A Case for Skipping Rope in Sports Training I can’t agree any more with their rationale and the underrated and unique benefits of the skipping rope for coordination work, conditioning purposes, neurological activation and especially for sports with an ‘elastic footwork component’.
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
- Walking Lunges Ultimate Guide everything you need to know about Walking Lunges, different variations, muscular activation and programming considerations.
- Why the Dumbbell Pullover Needs to Make a Comeback outlining the unique benefits of the Dumbbell Pullover.
- an interview with Tony Gentilcore On Underrated Deadlift Accessories and Getting Strong After 40 discussing the’over 40 fitness demographic’, the use of the Deadlift and accessory lifts and how to help women to achieve their first Pull-Up.
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
- the benefits of loaded carries, from posture to strength development to performance and health in the article Loaded Carries for Improved Body Position and Health
- Coaching Essentials for Program Development the necessary steps for a thought-out strength training program design.
- Obtain Flexibility In Your Shoulders how limited shoulder flexibility can lead to elbow pain during Bench Press and Back Squats, check it out
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
- Plan On Lifting Or Squatting Something Heavy? Check Your Neck the importance of the neck and appropriate posture.
- The Unspoken Tenets Of Strength Training a really good outline, follow these tenets and you will reap strength training success.
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.
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
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.
When @HarrieLavreysen went, there was no catching him
The @KNWU sprinter was unrivalled en route to sprint #TrackWorldCup pic.twitter.com/7YCATo0zQb
— Track World Cup (@TrackWorldCup) November 11, 2017