Articles Galore

Aug 31st, 2011

Articles Galore

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Jack getting into the bottom of a clean

A lot of articles for you…

Cheating to Win by Charles Staley

Strength coach Charles Staley, in this article published back in 2010, does his best to debunk gym-related conventional wisdom, using the sport of weightlifting as his counterpoint to many of the myths we’ve read about related to training.  And no, you don’t need to squat as deeply as the guys in the photos are to reap the benefits of the Olympic lifts.  It’s a breezy read and pretty entertaining.

Short Sprint Intervals are Anabolic and They Improve Conditioning

This is an article from Charles Poliquin’s blog that looks at the results of a study that examined the effects of a short sprint program with minimal rest in between efforts on a group of wrestlers.  The results in a nutshell:  the wrestlers got fitter and their hormonal status improved for the better (their cortisol levels dropped and their testosterone levels increased).  

This is a good thing.  Basically, short sprints are a great way to get you in shape (or keep you in shape) and put your body in a state where it’s set to grow muscle (or keep muscle).

Want Great Abs?  Do the Olympic Lifts!

In another article from Charles Poliquin’s blog, the benefits of the Olympic lifts (the snatch and the clean-and-jerk, and its derivatives) on abdominal development are examined.  The findings:  Olympic weightlifters have great abdominal development.  

This is great news for those of you who are into the old core training thing, since the Olympic lifts are a regular part of our program.