Many high school strength and conditioning coaches don’t program the Olympic lifts into their training because “they are too difficult to teach,” which is a lame excuse. While there definitely is a learning curve and difficulty involved with teaching the Olympic lifts, especially to an entire team at the same time, the effects that the lifts have on athletic performance enhancement are simply too good to pass up. There can be difficulty involved with teaching any of the main lifts (squats, dead lifts, presses, etc.), so the argument that the Olympic lifts are “too hard” is weak.Read More
Take a look through the training program for any athlete in a strength sport (weightlifting, powerlifting, strongman, etc.) and you’ll typically see the following exercises programmed for the abdominals: some form of hanging leg raises, weighted crunch or sit up variations, and maybe some light planks. While there isn’t anything automatically wrong with some of these exercises, especially the planks, there are better and more useful options available.Read More
Wave loading is a form of resistance training where the intensity (percentage of your 1-rep maximum) and repetitions of an exercise are adjusted each set in ascending or descending order then repeated for a desired number of waves.Read More
Forging bigger lats is a common goal among athletes—a goal that is full of basic Rows, Pull-Ups, Pull-Downs and Pull-Overs (you're doing Pull-Overs, right?). Although there's nothing wrong with the basics, it can be nice to spice up your training a bit. Here are four back training variations designed to pump up your lats.Read More
Improving speed should be a goal for every athlete. No matter what sport you play, being faster than your opponent can be the difference between winning and losing a championship. With that in mind, I've assembled a list of the 10 best speed exercises that will leave your rivals in the dust.Read More
The most effective training programs prescribe some form of the basic compound exercises—Squats, Deadlifts, Presses and Pulls. Fundamental plyometric exercises, such as Box Jumps and Broad Jumps, are also common.
For variety's sake, however, let's dust off some forgotten, yet effective, exercises that deserve a second look. They would be an excellent addition to any training program.Read More