How Many Exercise Variations Do You Need?

This week’s article is from Elite FTS contributor Jason Brown and the topic is program design and exercise variation. The article is short and sweet and may change the way you design your next training block for yourself and your clients.

The takeaway - some variation is good, but an element of repetition is needed to truly assess progress.

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September 15, 2019

The Lifter’s Guide to Caffeine

This article is packed full of fascinating research and real world application. It’s truly a one-stop shop with everything you could ever need to know about the current state of literature on caffeine use in strength training.

Spoiler Alert - Caffeine doesn’t work the way you think it does and you’re probably not using it in an optimal way.

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Sept. 8, 2019

You’ve Got Some Nerve: Simple Training Modifications to Decrease Sciatic Nerve Irritation

3D Muscle Journey is one of the best sources of high quality strength and conditioning content there is. This blog from August, 2019 “hit a nerve” with us and we felt compelled to share. If you’ve ever experienced sciatic pain, this is a great read full of practical exercise modifications to reduce nerve irritation. And for anyone who has ever had to train through an injury, or clinicians who have managed injured athletes who needed to cont. training, there is some extremely valuable perspective in this piece.

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Sept. 2, 2019

Stress: The Silent Killer (of gains)

Think you can ignore the impact of stress on training? Think again. Greg Nuckols contributed this outstanding article to Stronger by Science in August, 2014 exploring recent findings on the impact of stress and perceived stress on strength, soreness and training recovery variables. It may change the way you think about training, and for coaches this article is full of wisdom to inform better athlete and client management.

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August 26, 2019

4 Steps to a Bigger Bench

We’ve seen video and read interviews from elite lifters who have worked with Dan Green and improved on already-impressive bench press numbers. This week, we go to the source and link to an article written by the Boss himself. From set up to stability, and arm position to leg drive cues, this article is chalk full of usable information to help anyone build a bigger bench press.

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August 18, 2019

Creating More Effective Strength Training

This week’s link is geared more towards the Strength Coaches, Personal Trainers and Lifting Geeks of the world. We’re throwing it back to 1988 and an article by Charles Poliquin written for Strength and Conditioning Journal. If you want to create more effective training programs for your athletes, clients or for yourself, this covers some foundational concepts. You may have heard most of this information before, but sometimes a reminder to get back to what works is the best education you can get!

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August 11, 2019

How Does Imagery Influence Strength and Conditioning Performance?

This week’s link will take you to a recent blog from the pioneering team at Hybrid Performance Method. Imagine what kind of progress you could make if simply thinking about your performance differently created actual strength change…well you can? Click the image to read the whole blog and put this incredible “secret” to work in your training.

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Aug 4, 2019

An Interview with Dave Tate

This week’s link will take you to an interview that Dave Tate of Elite FTS did with Precision Nutrition. Dave is a leader in the world of Powerlifting and Strength Sports, a former Elite Powerlifter, published author of hundreds of articles and owner of one of the leaders in Strength and Conditioning equipment manufacturing.

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July 27, 2019

Best Thing I Read This Week - July 18, 2019

Best Thing I Read This Week - July 18, 2019

Impossible is a Matter of perspective

Mike McCastle has redefined what’s humanly possible. Four times. And he isn’t done yet. Learn how he has mastered his mind and created the physical and mental ability to challenge the limits of human capacity.