Strength and Conditioning

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Olympic Lifts: Maybe We Don’t Need To Catch The Bar…

The Olympic lifts and their derivatives are widely performed in the strength and conditioning of athletes. They involve exerting force against the ground, rapid movements, high power outputs, and are total body efforts. However, they require a great deal of technique and take a long time to master. As a result, some coaches have moved to exercises like jump squats and partial movements like the pull that do not require a catching phase to reduce the technical demands.   One...

It May Not Matter What You Train First

Is there a best way to organize an athlete’s training? In other words, should we do plyometrics first because they involve speed and technique? Then, should we follow that with slower strength moves that don’t require the same level of nervous system demands? Or, should we flip that to fatigue the nervous system by doing the slow strength moves first and then requiring it to perform something explosive?   Kobal et al have a really fascinating study that seeks to...

Squats and Shoes: Don’t Drink the Kool Aid Yet

I started out competing and coaching Olympic lifting. Way back when, it was ingrained in all of us that we needed to get special Olympic lifting shoes to be successful in the sport. These shoes have very hard soles that are a little higher than normal shoes. The idea being that normal shoes are something you would sink into when performing the Olympic lifts or squats, so they should be avoided.   A recent study in the Journal of Strength...

Variable Resistance Training Improves Strength and More

Variable resistance training has been around for more than 10 years now. First popularized by the powerlifting community, today they are widely used in the strength and conditioning of athletes. These tools include elastic bands or chains.   Riviere et al, in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, researched whether the use of bands was more effective over six weeks than strength training without the bands. In addition to looking at strength, the authors also looked at how the...

Soccer Speed: Small Sided Games May Not Be Enough

  Soccer is a sport that involves a lot of repeated sprints at various intensities during a match. With that in mind, coaches are very interested in the most effective ways to train soccer players. In the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Djaoui et al have a really interesting study that looks at the maximum speed demands of soccer players in both matches and in small sided games.   Small sided games are a conditioning tool used in several...