Are there still people arguing whether squats are safe of not? Apparently the witch hunt started with Karl Klein’s book “The Knee in Sports”. In “Full Squats or Not” Tommy Suggs takes a look at it. To summarize: Back squats that break parallel are safe for the knee and should form the basis of your training. If you are a weightlifter, do both […]
Role of the Lats in the Bench Press
Justin from 70’s Big wrote a nice article about the role of the lats in the bench press Throughout the descent of a bench, the lats shorten since the shoulder is experiencing extension and slight horizontal abduction. During the ascent, the lats are stretched a bit when the movement is reversed — this shows that they […]
Brush or Bang?
Greg Everett on the question of how a barbell should come into contact with the body during the snatch and clean. What I want to see with lifters ideally is pretty simple: I want the bar to remain as close to the thighs as possible without being in contact and for the shoulders to remain at […]
Overcoming Sticky Points in Lifts
From “Sticking Point Therapy” by Christian Thibaudeau Bench Press 1. Sticking point close to the chest:Most probable weak muscle: pectoralsAnother possible weakness: anterior deltoids 2. Sticking point mid-way (elbows at 90 degrees):Most probable weak muscle: anterior deltoids 3. Sticking point during the last portion of the press (past 90 degrees):Most probable weak muscle: triceps Deadlift […]
History of the Westside Conjugate System
Here is a little post by Louie Simmons on how he came up with the Westside Conjugate System. The Westside conjugate system is the best of two advanced training systems: the Soviet system, where several special exercises are used to advance the training of superior lifters and athletes, and the Bulgarian system, where near-max lifts are […]
How to create a great training environment
Dave Tate asked 12 top lifters, coaches and trainers What are the top five things needed to create a great training environment for strength? Here are their answers.
Are you ready for the Overhead Press?
Over at T Nation Todd Bumgardner goes over some points you might want to consider before starting heavy overhead presses. Before you start shoulder pressing we need to assess a few things: Excessive internal rotation at restScapular anterior tiltScapular winging. Shoulder Flexion Test Scapular Wall Slide checking T-Spine Extension Exercises to address shoulder problems Glenohumeral joint […]
Basics of Athletic Development
Read: The Ten Commandments of Athletic Development # 1 You shall honor correct technique.# 2 You shall respect your current level.# 3 You shall strive to move enough.# 4 You shall balance your training.# 5 You shall never stop evolving.# 6 You shall prioritize strength training.# 7 You shall worship the core.# 8 You shall master […]
Patrick Mendes Training History
Over at Poliquin’s site Kim Goss has a nice write up of Patrick Mendes‘ training life and his recent visit to the Poliquin Strength Institue. Read the whole thing here. Mendes’ basic workout plan is to do the classical lifts up to specific weights in the morning, followed by some higher-volume squats. In the late afternoon […]
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