It’s Sunday which means I review some of the podcasts I listened to and articles that I read throughout the last week.
When it comes to the podcasts, I really enjoyed the Physical Prep Podcast with David Joyce as well as the Voyager Sport Podcast with Eric Renaghan.
For articles, you can’t go wrong with the content that Eric Cressey puts out. The Best of 2017 videos is chalked full of information and knowledge bombs!
Enjoy and Happy 2018!
CVASP with Val Nasedkin
Pacey Performance with Sam Robertson
Physical Preparation with David Joyce
NSCA Coaching with Boyd Epley
Voyager Sport with Eric Renaghan
Best of 2017: Podcasts
Best of 2017: Strength and Conditioning Articles
Best of 2017: My Most Viewed Articles
Best of 2017 Strength and Conditioning Features by Eric Cressey
Best of 2017 Strength and Conditioning Videos by Eric Cressey
Best of 2017 Articles by Tony Gentilcore
Piggybacking off of yesterdays post, I wanted to bring to you the podcasts that I found to be the most interesting from the past year. I try to listen to various podcasts; Michael Boyle’s Strength Coach Podcast, Rugby Strength Coach Podcast, Rob Pacey’s Pacey Performance Podcast, Jay DeMayo’s CVASP Podcast, Mike Robertson’s Physical Preparation Podcast, and a handful of others.
With so many different and great podcasts out there these days its extremely hard (impossible) to consume all the information. I simply went back through some of my notes, figured out which ones I took the most notes on, then included it on the list. There could have been many, many more, but here are 15 podcast episodes that struck a chord with me the most over the last year. Enjoy!
CVASP Podcast with Cory Schlesinger
CVASP Podcast with Devan McConnell
Rugby Strength Coach Podcast with Chris McCormick
Rugby Strength Coach Podcast with Chris Korfist
Pacey Performance Podcast with Bill Knowles
Pacey Performance Podcast with Michael Boyle
Strength Coach Podcast with Tony Holler
Physical Preparation Podcast with Anthony Donskov
Physical Preparation Podcast with Matt Nichol
Yoga & Beyond Podcast with Charlie Weingroff
Rdella Training Podcast with Eric Cressey
Rdella Training Podcast with Gray Cook
Just Fly Performance Podcast with Kevin Carr
Just Fly Performance Podcast with Dan Pfaff
All Things Strength & Wellness with Chris Korfist
I thought as the year was running down I would put together a post on my most viewed post of 2017. I wasn’t very consistent getting content out at the beginning of the year so a lot of the posts are from the back half of 2017…hopefully I’ll be better about positing consistently in 2018.
In no particular order;
Every once in a while I feel like digging back into books that I may have previously read, especially books that I feel are loaded with information, information that I may have previously overlooked. I often find myself going back through some of these books and gaining more knowledge that I may have missed or overlooked the first time through. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and Movement by Gray Cook are perfect examples of this. Another perfect example is Mike Boyle’s New Functional Training for Sport.
Here are 30 (there could have been more) thought provoking quotes from the book. Hopefully some of these will make you think a little. Enjoy!
- Function is, essentially purpose. When we use the word function we are saying that something has a purpose. So when we apply that term to training for sport we are talking about purposeful training.
- Simply learning to produce force while under a heavy load and on two feet is nonfunctional for most athletes.
- Think of your training as a vehicle to improve performance, not just improve strength.
- For the strength and conditioning professional, the number one goal of a strength and conditioning program should be injury prevention.
- Usually the best players or top performers are the most efficient and explosive movers.
- If you cannot perform body-weight exercises such as push ups and chin ups, then you are not functionally strong and may be more likely to be injured.
- The key to functional training is to develop usable strength.
- An athlete who lacks upper back strength is at a greater risk for problems related to the shoulder’s rotator cuff.
- Don’t design a program based on what you like or dislike as a coach or trainer; design a program that works for the athlete.
- Female athletes are not physically different from their male counterparts, at least not as it relates to training. All muscles and bones are the same.
- The nice thing about T-spine mobility is that almost no one has enough and it seems to be hard to get too much.
- Sport is about acceleration, not speed.
- How well an athlete accelerates will determine success in team sports.
- Single leg strength is specific and cannot be developed through double leg exercises.
- Core training is the missing link to developing the power to hit a baseball or gold ball farther or a hockey puck or tennis ball harder and faster.
- The abdominal muscles by design are stabilizers, not movers.
- Functional anatomy has demonstrated that the primary purpose of the core musculature is the prevention of movement.
- Core training is really about motion prevention, not motion creation.
- The medicine ball may be the simplest and safest tool for developing total-body power, rotary power and, anterior-core power.
- The key to medicine ball training is velocity. Emphasize speed of movement, not ball weight.
- A well-designed upper body program should include a proportional number of sets of horizontal pulling (rows), vertical pulling (chin ups), overhead pressing and supine pressing exercises. In simple terms, there should be a set of pulling exercise for every set of pushing exercise.
- If you are going to stink at one lift, stink at bench press. It’s the least important.
- Strive for balanced pressing strength in which strength is developed at a variety of angles (incline, overhead) along with stability (using dumbbells). One angle or one action should not become dominant.
- A combination of Olympic lifts, medicine ball throws, and plyometrics is the best way to develop power.
- We must learn to jump off the ground and properly land on the ground before we attempt to minimize time spent on the ground.
- Good plyometrics are quiet. Failure to land quietly indicates that the athlete lacks eccentric strength and that the exercise is inappropriate.
- Increased power translates into a faster, more explosive athlete.
- Design a workout that prepares an athlete to play a sport, not a workout that mimics one of the strength sports (bodybuilding, powerlifting, Olympic lifting).
- The slideboard may offer the most bang for your buck of any functional conditioning tool.
- To improve conditioning while reducing the chance of injury, conditioning programs must train acceleration, deceleration, and change of direction.
Here is what I am currently working my way through;
Very, very long, but a ton of life advice from some of the most successful people in the world. Worth the investment.
Second time around with this, but lots of little tidbits to takeaway, mostly on the ‘why’ of Mike Boyle’s thought process when it comes to training athletes.
A lot of talk recently on isometric training and the benefits athletes can see from it. I believe it was Robbie Bourke on the Just Fly Performance Podcast and I wanted to read up on some of the science behind so I didn’t blindly implement something I knew nothing about into some of our strength programs.
Nothing crazy here, just a post-season aerobic circuit with UNH Volleyball. The ultimate goal of the aerobic circuit is to build a larger aerobic base that will allow an athlete to endure more physical stress as the off-season begins and starts to become a little more stressful in the weight room from both a strength training and conditioning standpoint. Plus, it’s a nice change of pace from our more traditional in-season lifts.
Another month, another group of random thoughts that are going through my head. Some from working day to day in the weight room, some through listening to others thoughts in podcasts, and some due to what I have been reading. Enjoy!
- Changing respiration changes physiology. Diaphragmatic breathing is clearly important, but I still think its underrated in the world of strength & conditioning and physical therapy.
- I find myself using a straight bar less and less these days. We hang clean and hang snatch with a straight bar. We also bench with a straight bar. Sometimes we will perform split squat variations with a straight bar but that isn’t often and its typically to add some variety to the program. Other then those exercises, we almost never touch a straight bar.
- Tony Holler said that “Sprinting potentiates jumping.” Therefore I would think performing more speed work with jumping athletes like volleyball and basketball might be beneficial.
- “Typically the limiting factor in acceleration is strength.” – Joe DeFranco.
- Isometric work has been gaining a little bit of steam recently. A question I have: if you get stronger through isometric holds at the top and bottom of a movement pattern, will the entire movement patter (the middle) get stronger?
- Anthony Donskov spoke on some of his lower body work in-season with hockey teams. He performs hamstring movements earlier in the week because the hamstrings are fast twitch and take longer to recover. In addition, he performs his tougher knee dominant movement later in the week because they are more slow twitch and can be trained with minimal fatigue on the ice. An interesting thought process.
- Frontal plane and transverse plane movements are huge for athletes and shouldn’t be overlooked…yet they are more often then not.
- I tend to think most non-traumatic injuries are either because of continuous overuse or are caused because the body couldn’t control and external force. Both probably aren’t a good thing but both can probably be avoided.
- For most people, I think the risk/reward between goblet squat vs. back squat or split squat vs. back squat falls in favor of goblet or split squat.
- I think pre-game warm ups need some type of high intensity/high speed movements to ready the body for what is to come. Something like a few reps of some type of linear/lateral speed work might fill this bucket.