Truth Time: Do Lifting Belts Keep You Safe?

If you aren’t using a lifting belt properly, it will not keep you safe from injury. In fact, the false sense of security a belt provides can increase your risk of injury (Siewe et al. 2011). This belief that one can push past their ability has actually shown an increase in the number of lumbar … Continue reading Truth Time: Do Lifting Belts Keep You Safe?

Q&A: Fixing Grip Strength, When Prowler Pushes are Useful, Medicine Ball Training Benefits.

As promised, I’ll begin responding to some saved questions from my last Q&A. Thanks for all the submissions -- so let's get to it.   Q: I’m just starting to lift and feel like my grip strength is terrible. How can I improve it for something like deadlifts? A: One of the most important things … Continue reading Q&A: Fixing Grip Strength, When Prowler Pushes are Useful, Medicine Ball Training Benefits.

Changing the Way You Think About Your Warm Ups

The purpose of a warm-up is to prepare for a training session or competition mentally and physically. Therefore, a warm should enhance performance, improve a level of fitness and provide reduction of injury risk. While you are designing a warm-up, consider how well it mimics the sport, competition or activity that is about to be … Continue reading Changing the Way You Think About Your Warm Ups

Addressing Postural Stability, Balance Training for Strength Athletes

For athletes, we know the role that the central core plays in terms of stabilization and force generation. As it is becoming widely recognized, core stability is necessary for efficient biomechanical function to not just minimize excessive loading on joints but also maximizing force generation during strength activities. However, we also know that strength athletes … Continue reading Addressing Postural Stability, Balance Training for Strength Athletes

Is Plyometric Training Safe for Children?

Short answer: It can be.   Plyometric training includes explosive body weight exercises that include a rapid stretch shortening cycle in an effort to increase speed and power. When incorporating such training, it is believed a number of physiological adaptations occur, which include muscle size, tendon stiffness and neural adaptions. Depending on the program, various … Continue reading Is Plyometric Training Safe for Children?