My Five Biggest Strength and Conditioning Influences.

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  To know where you are going then you need to know where you have been.  Next year will mark the end of my first decade of professional strength and conditioning with elite athletes.  2017 marks probably my last year...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – June 2016

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Does getting stronger make soccer players faster? William Styles et al looked at the effect of 6 weeks of strength training utilising the squat exercise (2x per week utilising 80-95% RM) had on 5,10 and 15 meter sprint performance.  They...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – May 2016

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TL;DR Chain deadlift is lighter at the bottom and heavier at the top and heavier loads lead to greater muscle activation… thanks science. The trap bar high be better for athletes as it shows better force characteristics and the straight...

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5 Reasons your “coach” is nothing more than a deadbeat.

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1 – They got their weekend certification 2 weeks ago. Personal training and to a lesser but saddeningly increasing degree “strength and conditioning” are industries and not professions (I have Ashley Jones to thank for the idea). A profession is...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – January 2016

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TL;DR More reps regardless of the time under tension is a better factor for increasing neuromuscular and metabolic responses.  Mechanical work completed may potentially be a more important factor for hypertrophy than simple “time under tension”.  If you need to...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR version – December 2015

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TL; DR – the use of bands for deadlift might be a good strategy for increasing the power or velocity aspects of the lift but seems to be of little worth if greater total force production is the goal of...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – August 2015

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  TL;DR – if you train 2-3x per day you might want to investigate massage to help improve your performance between sessions. Isometrics are still a waste of time for performance training. resistance training that involves similar movements and velocities...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR version – July 2015

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TL;DR – hang clean can be learned and can improve jump performance but 4 people isn’t enough people for a study. make sure you have good hip and trunk endurance before you begin to train with deadlifts. The debate continues...

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8 Things in the last 8 Years that I thought I knew, that where bullshit. (Part 2)

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5 – Placebo matters Once you come to accept what can be a harsh reality that a lot of the physical training that involves “optimisation” is pretty much a big crock of shit then you will come to appreciate the...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – March 2015

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First of all dear reader apologies for missing out on February I haven’t been keeping this blog up to date as I would like. Something I plan to remedy in the immediate future. Blood pressure during resistance exercise pregnant vs...

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