Article recommendations week #49 2018

The most valuable and interesting articles in week #49 2018

Strength Training Articles

Men’s Health explained Why Isometrics Should Be Part of Your Strength Training Plan, listing 4 areas of application for the use of isometrics.

Shrugged Collective discussed the main criteria you should consider, when to set a stimulus to maximize muscle growth in the video ‘Creating a Program to Build Muscle Without Steroids’. Check it out

T-Nation shared a Tip: Bigger ROM, Bigger Gains one of the most fundamental principles of strength training with the goal to increase strength, and maximizing size, but often forgotten.

Jeff Nippard explained How To Get A Huge Bench Press with Perfect Technique, discussing muscular activation, set-up, execution of the movement and the most common flaws. Check it out discussed Should You Do Barbell or Dumbbell Curls? An interesting approach, not sure whether I fully agree, but I do like the thought process. Check it out

Simplifaster listed 10 Unanswered Questions in Sports Science for 2018 (Part 1), this article discusses 3 interesting questions and looks at the evidence behind these questions. I assume the 7 remaining questions will follow in future articles.

Tony Gentilcore shared The Subtle Art Of Shutting Up And Listening, an interesting outline of what the author calls ’empathetic listening’ and why it is important. Reminds me of the Steven Covey quote ‘Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to answer.’

Juggernaut Training Systems discussed Directed Adaptation vs Adaptive Resistance, defining both concepts, the factors affecting directive adaptation and adaptative resistance, how to use strategic adaptation to elicit adaptations, and important training and programming considerations. Check it out

Breaking Muscle described

Sporteluxe listed 6 Fitness Rules You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Break, a good read and good pieces of advice.

Train Heroic showed an approach to an internship structure for aspiring strength & conditioning coaches in the article Insights into a Strength + Conditioning Internship.

Renaissance Periodization shared a step-by-step guide to Growing Stubborn Body Parts, by presenting a 10-point checklist why your body parts are lacking, and how to realistically go through each of the points on the checklist. Worth checking out

Youth Strength Training Articles

Simplifaster explained how to incorporate fundamental movement skills into a youth strength training program, and the benefits of a generalized program over a specialized program at the youth stage in the article A Return to Play: Movement Training for Youth Athletes.

Squat Articles

Catalystathletics explained How to Fix Your Butt Wink… So We Can All Stop Saying Butt Wink  Outlining the four main criteria that can lead and contribute to the butt wink and how to fix those.

The Bar Bend shared Weightlifter Meso Hassona Back Squats a Massive 300kg PR an impressive squat, I do like the upright Olympic style squat. Check it out

T-Nation shared a Tip: Use Squats to Build Your Deadlift Strength, how the squat can help the deadlift and which part of the deadlift. Check out the additional explainer video

Olympic Lifting Articles

Power Athlete HQ explained The Real Purpose Of The Power Clean outlining their criteria for making the Power Clean a cornerstone of their training program.

Aleksey Torokhtiy shared an interview with Rebeka Koha an interesting weightlifting chat.

Deadlift Articles 

The Bar Bend explained The Real Reason Your Deadlift Lockout Is Weak, and How to Fix It, an analysis why most lockouts fail, how to address the issue and example programs to fix it.

T-Nation shared a Tip: The Reverse Deadlift why reversing the Deadlift can help. I use this variation quite a bit, also in the beginning stages of teaching the Olympic Lifts. Check out the additional explainer video

Elite FTS showed Deadlift cues during a seminar with Ted  Toalston, check it out