Article recommendations week #46 2018

The most valuable and interesting articles in week #46 2018

Strength Training Articles

T-Nation shared a Tip: 5 Minutes to Rotational Strength, what rotational strength is, the importance of rotational strength and how to best train it.

Elite FTS outlined listed 10 Mechanical Dropsets for Muscle Gain, the definition of mechanical drop sets, how they work and a selection Mechanical Dropsets for different muscle groups. Also, check out my article on T-Nation Tip: Do This 3-Squat Drop Set.

Dr. John Rusin explained why you need to Stop Icing Your Injuries: Why Heat Is The New Ice an overview of when to use ice, and when to use heat, and a detailed explanation of the different processes induced by ice and heat.

Eric Cressey outlined The Truth About Dodgeball and Tag the benefits of the two, and why they are important in a school curriculum.

Broscience discussed the importance of Grip Strength: How to Improve Grip Strength FAST! What grip strength is, different types of grip strength, muscular activation, and the right exercise selection.

Stack listed The Five Essential Movements for Building Athletic Strength, the importance of the fundamental movements, hinge/bend, squat, press, pull for athletic development.

Tony Gentilcore listed 6 pitfalls you need to be aware of to Limit Your Mistakes.

Simplifaster released an interview with Dr. Mark Kovac on Rotational Sports Performance and Resiliency outlining the importance of strength and power through different planes on the example of tennis, how to understand kinematics and apply it to the training program design and different aspects and considerations on injury prevention.

Nutrition Articles

Aleksey Torokhtiy argued that Vitamin D is the most important vitamin for athletes and backing it up with research data in the article Vitamin D – The Most Important Vitamin For Athletes.

T-Nation shared 5 Ways to Screw Up Intermittent Fasting, an interesting piece going into the details of intermittent fasting.

Squat Articles

Simplifaster explained Why You Should Be Barbell Squatting Your Athletes outlining the holistic benefits of squatting on athletic development and how to prepare your athletes to squat properly.

All Things Gym shared Lu Xiaojun 255kg Squat Session 2018 World Championships Training Hall, if you like to see big lifts, check out the videos

Shrugged Collective outlined the purpose of Intentional Quarter Squats, Quarter Squats are often frowned upon, however, you shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater, and look at the benefits Quarter Squats can offer to your training.

This video does a good job of explaining the benefits and how to integrate it into your program to reap those benefits. Check it out

Check out how we are using Quarter Squats in our training.

BMX Supercross rider Dave van der Burg Quarter Squatting 270 kg

Or BMX Supercross rider Twan van Gendt Quarter Squatting with accommodating resistance

Olympic Lifting Articles

The Bar Bend shared

Aleksey Torokhtiy outlined How to Practice Split Jerk, an interesting approach to learn the footwork of Split Jerk, to find balance and the right breathing pattern. Check it out

Catalystathletics listed My 3 Biggest Mistakes in Weightlifting a good read about doubling-down on the fundamentals, avoiding over-complication and doing too much work.

Zack Telander explained You Are Not Lu, the discussion if you should consider the Squat Jerk, and the criteria for you to decide, whether to Squat Jerk or not. Check it out

Deadlift Articles 

Alan Thrall explained the difference between the Stiff Leg Deadlift VS. Romanian Deadlift, the different movement patterns, which one to choose when and programming considerations. Check it out

I do like the video and Alan’s outline of origination of the RDL, the differences in execution and uses for the RDL and SL Deadlift, however, I have learned slightly distinct differences between the Stiff Leg Deadlift vs Romanian Deadlift and outlined the differences in the tutorial about the fundamental movements and the ‘bending pattern’.

T-Nation shared

Elite FTS listed 5 Deadlift Cues with Ed Coan, Ed Coan correcting during a seminar. Interesting cues and views to pick up. Check it out

Starting Strength outlined the benefits of The Deadlift Prescription with Dr. Jonathon Sullivan, how the Deadlift can help everyday people, the muscular activation and how to easily learn the Deadlift. Check it out