We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #47 2016
Strength Training Articles
- offers Your 1RM Present: A 4-Week End Of Year Strength Program gifting you a 4 week strength program based around the Olympic Lifts and derivatives
- asks the question Is Your Training Functional Or Circus Act? discussing what function really is and how it applies to training
- published PE: Literacy For The Body explaining the importance of physical education and providing examples and quotes from Kennedy, Jefferson and Plato on the importance of physical education
Fitness & Power compared Pull-Ups VS Chin-Ups: Is One Better Than The Other? comparing the both variants and explaining the differences as well as when to use which one.
Mike Boyle discussed Nordic Leg Curls- The Question or the Answer? as usual a no-nonsense approach from Mike Boyle. I like the approach to simplify the issues, just have a look at this discussion on the Glute Ham Raise
Elite FTS discussed
- Should I Lift or Should I Sprint — The Case for Strength a great piece on the underlying principles of strength and the application to different sports and demands.
- The Craziest Thing You’ve Seen in the Gym 11 coaches share the craziest things they have seen and experienced
- 11 Set and Rep Schemes for Massive Reverse Hyper Back Pumps as you know, I am a big fan of Back Extensions and Reverse Back Extensions as a means to strengthen the lower back and as preparation for heavy Back Squats and Front Squats, Deadlifts and the Olympic Lifts. Here are some good rep and set schemes to vary your routines.
Stack demonstrated a great application of tracking recovery and readiness in the article How You Can Improve Your Workouts With the Rate of Perceived Readiness Scale
Eric Cressey shared Random Thoughts on Sports Performance Training – Installment 24 as usual some interesting thoughts and also offering a deeper insight into his coaching philosophy.
Muscle Madness shared a video with training impressions of John Cena a professional wrestler and actor, it’s interesting to see his program is based around the Olympic Lifts and squatting variations. Check it out
Back Squat and Front Squat Articles
Fitness & Power compared Back Squats or Front Squats – Which One Is Better ? and suggested the use of both, each for a different purpose. Also, check out the article Why Front Squats are better discussing the topic Front Squat vs Back Squat.
Stack offered 5 Lower-Body Exercises That Don’t Stress Your Back some really useful variations. The hard truth is, if you have a certain strength level, even the one-legged variations will put load on your back. Just check out the video from one of my guys, BMX rider and 2 time Olympian Twan van Gendt doing a Bulgarian Split Squat with 220 kg
Power Clean, Power Snatch, and Olympic Lifting Articles
I definitely like the point they make in the video when they discuss squatting technique, that every practitioner and coach is constantly in the position, where he or she has to make a decision if the squat technique is acceptable or not. Something I can definitely relate to.