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Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Proper Way to Use A Powerlifting Belt

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Using a powerlifting belt is your best friend if you know how to use it properly. Notice how I said use a weightlifting belt, not wear. We all know the buckle should be in front (should it really?) and the belt should be relatively tight. However, the use of a belt seems to stop there for most people; when in reality it does so much more.

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Improving your deadlift technique and increasing the amount you can deadlift is as easy as engaging your lats.  Being able to engage your lats while dead lifting will make or break your ability to pull heavy weight. Up until last week, I was struggling to maintain tension in my lats throughout the whole pull. This problem had single handedly slowed my progress for the upcoming power lifting meet. If you can’t fire your lats while deadlifting, you don’t have a prayer to keep your chest up or be able to drive throughout the entire pull. An inability to keep your chest up will result in flexion of the spine (think Hunchback of Notre dame). Any flexion of your spine can lead to damage to the passive support structures; in other words, low back pain, chronic injuries and so on. 

 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lessons From an Ill-Fated Baseball Player

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Should baseball players train on unstable surfaces? Should baseball players depend primariily on yoga and stretching int heir off season programming? Should baseball players be training in the 12 to 25 rep range?

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

How to get faster

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Why running coaches aren't all what they are chalked up to be

Unstable surface training should be banished from the strength and conditioning world. I mean truly banished, never to be seen again! Physical therapy and athletic training - fine, but a strength coach or personal trainer trying to make an athlete stronger and more powerful – NO! Get your feet on solid ground and stop prescribing exercises. PLEASE!

 

Friday, November 9, 2012

The REAL core training

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What?? You don't do sit-ups?

Nothing drives me crazier than getting asked what my favorite ab exercise is. Maybe I just really dislike vanity, but more likely, I think my dislike for "ab" exercises comes from the fact that most people just don't understand what the core is, and specifically what it's function is. The other day, I came across this definition of the core that sheds light onto what I'm talking about:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Glute activation

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The forgotten backside

What’s the deal with glute activation? Is it just one of those trendy terms that us strength and conditioning folk throw around, or does it actually carry some weight? In this post, we are going to look at what glute activation is, why it’s important, and how it can increase your performance.

Front Squat vs. Back Squat

The difference between the front squat and back squat. As promised, I will continue to answer myths and misconceptions of the different squat variations (with only a few tangents). For this installment, I will focus on the difference between the front squat and the back squat.

kid squatting with pumpkins

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

An Intro to Squatting Part 1

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Battle of the Squat Part 1:

Back squatting and Front squatting, high bar squats versus low bar squats, whats the difference? Does it really make a difference if the bar is behind or in front of your head? Should certain athletes back squat while others should front squat? How do you even perform a squat properly? We will look at all those questions while we take a look at two tremendous exercises: the back squat and the front squat. They have a bunch of similarities, but also have a few major differences. Hold on to your seat because we’re about to dive right in.tom-platz-squat

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    Long Term Development of Youth Baseball Players

    The best ways to maintain long-term development of youth baseball players has been getting a little confusing over the past few years. The internet has granted coaches at all levels access to really advanced training methods. Band accelerated jumps, band resistant squat jumps, weighted ball programs, resisted and accelerated sprint work, and high speed high force med ball exercises are now all extremely common in training programs for athletes of all levels; from the beginners to the pros that have been training for 15 years. This info, although awesome to be out there, is in my opinion a double edge sword, and hindering the actual long term development of the youth baseball players of the country.

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