Article recommendations week #49 2016

We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #49 2016

Strength Training Articles

Breaking Muscle explained

Broscience shared an interesting fact, that School Introduce CrossFit As Part Of Their Syllabus to “Ensure Children’s Safety”  it’s definetly a good thing to have structured physical activity in school. It can be debated, whether Crossfit is the right physical activity for the demands of schools.

Men’s Fitness outlined the benefits of Emom sets and Emom workouts in their article Everything You Need To Know About EMOM Workouts.

T-Nation shared a Tip: Grit is a Skill. Build Some, Wimp. how grit and perseverance can be build. Check out also the Ted Talk from Angela Lee Duckworth on Grit: the power of passion and perseverance, one of the most successful Ted Talks of all time and a truly fascinating topic


Men’s Health published an interesting article on Drop-sets The Lifting Technique That Flattens Your Belly showing different variations of drop-sets and how they can be used. Check out also the article I have written on T-Nation how Drop Sets can be used to improve technique Tip: Do This 3-Squat Drop Set

Elite FTS explained The Power of the Parable an interesting approach how to use parables in coaching to help the athletes / trainees improve problem-solving skills.

Juggernaut Training Systems took a deep dive into Making Sense Of Bondarchuk: Periodisation Models a great overview, explanation and application on the Bondarchuk Training Method.

Stack shared 9 Instagram Athletic Freaks You Need to Follow Immediately showcasing a few very impressive feats, but also a few feats where I am unsure it’s a balancing act between cool and idiotic putting yourself at risk.

The Strength Sensei explained what to do to keep Learning & Getting Ahead As A Coach

Everything is interlinked as Muscle & Fitness explained in their article Lack Of Sleep Linked With Sugar Consumption for more detailed information on that topic I can recommend Tom Rath book Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes if you don’t want to read the full book or get an idea what you are getting into before purchasing, have a look at this awesome summary of the book from Brian Johnson

Tying in with the previous theme Stack explained The Scientific Reasons You Feel More Tired During Winter (And How To Combat It)

Robertson Training Systems shared Physical Preparation With Dr. Stuart McGill, next to all the great information that Doc McGill shares I had to chuckle when he mentioned that he was very strong on his students as a professor. I remember he was very adamant when I wanted to take some footage of his presentation at the UKSCA Annual Conference in 2011. He was the only one of the presenters who did not want to be filmed.  Just listen in to the value bombs of Doc McGill


Youth Strength Training Articles

Dr. John Rusin explained why Early Sport Specialization Is Killing The Health Of Our Kids an extensive overview of the benefits of multilateral development and summing up the common consensus of the last years on youth training, late specialization and develop athleticism to participation in multiple sports.


Plyometric Training Articles

Stack explained How to Add 4 Inches to Your Vertical Jump in Two Weeks through the use of proper jumping mechanics and the use of the so-called French Contrast Method, which is a series of 4 exercises performed in a specific order

Exercise 1: a heavy compound lift

Exercise 2: a plyometric exercise focussed on a short stretch-shortening cycle or longstretch-shortening cycle

Exercise 3: a plyometric exercise focussed on a ballistic effort with light additional load

Exercise 4: an assisted plyometric exercise focussed on an extra short stretch-shortening cycle

Have a look at an example here


Back Squat and Front Squat Articles

Catalystathletics shared Dialing in Your Squat: Stance, Position & Movement a great piece on how the squat stance affects the squatting movement and how to find the right stance.

Broscience asked Can Heavy Squats Increase Testosterone? referencing the research that heavy compound exercises can increase testosterone production. And the squat is such a movement, what wasn’t mentioned here that the research also states that training above 85% 1 RM amplifies the endogenous testosterone production.


Deadlift Articles

Fitness & Power shared an interesting approach to Deadlift Everyday to Accelerate Muscle Growth I am not sure if I agree with the approach of Deadlifting every day, but I do like the approach and logic how they modulate the intensity and vary the deadlift variations throughout the week.


Power Clean, Power Snatch, and Olympic Lifting Articles

Train Heroic shared Cleaning Up The Clean: A Top Down Progression for Explosive Power showcasing the Clean / Power Clean, explaining the benefits of the Clean / Power Clean and showing a progression to learn and master the Clean / Power Clean, check out the video


All Things Gym showed A Training Session with Elena Sukhar, some cool footage of Elena performing Snatch Balance, Snatch and Hang Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squats, Overhead Press and finishing with Weighted Squat Jumps, check out the footage


Highlights of the week

This week highlights come from our training sessions, we had a few new personal bests with our athletes from the development team Track Cycling and development team BMX.

Steffie van der Peet from the Track Cycling development team set a new personal best in the Clean with 77.5 kg

and in the Snatch with 57.5 kg

and in the Back Squat with 100 kg

Koen van der Wijst from the BMX development team set a new personal in the Overhead Squat with 110 kg – quite impressive, check it out

in the previous week he set a new personal best in the Clean with 140 kg

Zarah de Haan from the Track Cycling development team set a new personal best in the Front Squat with 70 kg

Ruby Huisman from the BMX development team set a new personal in the Overhead Squat with 70 kg