We have searched the web for the most valuable and interesting articles of week #6 2017
Strength Training Articles
Coach Mag published Strength Training: 7 Essential Barbell Moves To Get Stronger Great article, how to include the main movements into a strength training program, if you have a closer look at the “Magnificent 7′ they are proposing you can see every move targets one of the primal movements of Squatting, Bending, Lunging, Pushing, Pulling. If you want to read more about the primal movements check out
Men’s Health shared
- The Perfect Warmup Is Just 5 Moves, how to use hybrid drills for greater efficiency and functionality
- The Science Of Why You Get Hangry Hangry is the phenomenon of getting angry when you are hungry, therefore h (for hunger) and angry (for angry), which is caused by low glucose levels in the brain. For more information check out the Ted Talk Don’t get hangry: feed your brain healthy food by Brad Bushman
Fitness & Power gives you
- 6 Signs your Weightlifting Routine Isn’t Doing Anything For You I like the simplicity and to the point articles of Fitness & Power.
- 4 Strength Training Principles Every Bodybuilder Must Know these principles aren’t exclusively for Bodybuilders.
Muscle & Fitness explained how to Master The Chin Up, check out the short tutorial
Dr. John Rusin discussed The Smarter Alternative To Ineffective Unstable Surface Training a really great article on unstable surface training, offering variations and exercises and what I particularly like coaching points, great!
Power Training Articles
T-Nation offered a Tip: Rethink the Dynamic Effort Method a great article discussing the Dynamic Effort Method and explaining why you should have a good foundation before adding the Dynamic Effort Method to your Strength Training Program or Power Training Program.
Stack explained how to Build Explosive Power With Trap Bar Jumps explaining the principles of a Power Training program, how to maximise power output and discussing the Barbell Jump Squat vs the Trap Bar Jumps. Check out the video on how to do Trap Bar Jumps from Ben Bruno
Did anyone see the small dip movement in the Squat Jumps?
Back Squat, Front Squat, and Overhead Squat Articles
FootballScoop shared an interesting insight as Bill Belichick had players squatting 80% of their max and going through full padded practices Super Bowl week which again pours oil into the discussion of how strength training can impair acute sports performance. In the case of the Patriots it clearly didn’t impair their performance. We actually follow a very similar approach with our Olympians. Only difference we also lift at higher intensities at times, than 80% of the max.
Bar Bend explained Learn How to Pattern a Stronger, Healthier Squat with These 3 Movements a very solid article on acquiring and consolidating a good Back Squat technique and Front Squat technique.
Tony Gentilcore disclosed My Go To Squat Progression For Pretty Much Everyone his approach to nail a proper Back Squat technique.
Stack shared the Front Squat 101: How to Master The Move in 5 Minutes a great overview of how to perform a Front Squat and the key points in the Front Squat technique.
T-Nation offered a Tip: Master the Safety Squat Bar the safety bar squat is a valuable addition, if you are not able to do regular Back Squats or when working around an injury, something we have to do quite a few times. Check out the video
T-Nation offered a Tip: Deadlift Split Squats for Quads and Core the split Deadlift can be an interesting alternative, from my experience you will pretty quickly get to a point, where the grip strength becomes the limiting factor, so factor that in if you are seriously working on this Deadlift variation. Check out the video
Stack asked Struggling with Deadlifts? Try These Alternative Exercises I have seen that many times athletes (and non-athletes) struggling with the regular Deadlift, this article offers great alternatives.
Power Clean, Power Snatch, and Olympic Lifting Articles
Bar Bend stated 10 Things Every Beginner and Intermediate Olympic Weightlifter Should Learn, simple and solid advice for everyone who trains the Olympic Lifting movements.
Stack explained How to Perform the Power Clean a really good article on the benefits of the Power Clean, what muscles are worked in the Power Clean and a pretty solid description of the Power Clean technique. Also, check out
Catalystathletics explained how to maintain a strong posture during the first pull, transition and second pull phase of the Power Snatch technique and Power Clean technique in the article Ask Greg: Correcting Tipping Over the Bar in the Snatch & Clean
To check out the different phases of Power Snatch technique and Power Clean technique, check out
Highlight of the week
This message definitely hits home with me, as I always had difficulties understanding how to motivate someone externally, if they are not motivated intrinsically. Reminds me of the quote attributed to Jim Rohn ‘Motivation is what gets you started, discipline keeps you going.’