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Athlete Advice, Attitude, Being Honest., Strength and Conditioning

Lessons Learned – painful experiences in the world of strength training, part 1. – Gavin Laird

I started training as a teenager sometime in the mid 1990’s; started helping others with their training round about 1998 and opened my first gym just after the start of the current millennium. I’ve...

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crossfit, Programme, Strength and Conditioning

Training for CrossFit – A professional Strength and Conditioning Coach’s ideas on how to train for the most popular strength sport on earth.

I’ve given CrossFit a fair amount of shit in my time, I won’t shy away from it some of the movement standards allowed by boxes and at competitions doesn’t really do much to put...

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Sports, Strength and Conditioning

Keeping your standards high – How to stand out as a personal trainer or S&C coach by being better.

Personal training and strength and conditioning can be hugely rewarding and fulfilling jobs and as such, they attract a lot of people who want to get into the business.  If you're looking for just...

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Strength and Conditioning, Strength training

The Best Basic Strength Programme for Runners.

Well this one’s a bit off the beaten track isn’t it ladies and gentlemen!  I am currently walking through Holyrood Park in Edinburgh to get to Edinburgh Barbell’s training venue and it is a...

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Powerlfiting, Professional Resources, Strength and Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning Research, Strongman

Five Strength Training “Corner Stones” That are Actually Gimmicks in Disguise.

I’ve started listening to the stone cold Steve Austin podcast which is excellent by the way Stone Cold is probably the only person I reckon who is actually as cool as they come across...

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Coaching, Strength and Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning Research, Strength Sports

More Questions than Answers – How to avoid the two most common traps new and experienced coaches or trainers fall into all too easily.

The fitness industry, strength and conditioning, sports science and nutrition industry are funny places they straddle science and bullshit almost like no other field or industry.  On one side we have those who are...

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Learning, Opinion, Powerlfiting, Rugby, Strength and Conditioning

The difference between knowledge and performance – Let’s talk about what it actually takes to become a better lifter.

 The majority of this article is inspired by the frankly excellent book Peak by Anders Ericsson whose body of work is in skill learning and the achievement of expert status or mastery.  A lot...

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Athlete Advice, Powerlifting, Programme, Resoloutions, Strength and Conditioning, Uncategorized

How to be a better strength athlete. Powerlifting Advice that will never get old.

 Apologies for not writing to this blog for a while I have been somewhat snowed under with other time commitments since pre-season hit in July of 2016.  Now the dust is starting to settle...

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Powerlifting, Powerlifting Technique, Research, Strength and Conditioning, Weightlfting, Worlds Strongest Man

New Fads and Fashions in Strength Training that can get fucked.

1 The intellectual meathead.Lifting is a verb and verbs by definition are doing words, Rene Descartes is famous for his quote “I think therefore I am” which in a philosophy is a perfectly valid...

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Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning

How to be an awesome intern – things you should do if you want to stand out as a strength and conditioning intern.

Strength and conditioning is busting at the seams with people in their early 20s who have come out of some degree programme but haven’t seen the inside of a gym or sports performance facility. ...

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Strength and Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning Research, Uncategorized

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

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...

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Sport, Sport Specific, Strength and Conditioning, Strength training, Training Transfer

When is it time to stop general preperation?

As strength and conditioning coaches and especially as strength coaches pretending to be strength and conditioning coaches I feel it is easy to get trapped in the process of worrying too much about...

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Strength and Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning Research, Uncategorized

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

TL;DRChains and bands can provide a good strength stimulus over longer periods of training for athletes of different sporting backgrounds and untrained subjects.  We can't say if this is due to a novel stimulus...

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