Periodization, Does it Matter?

Periodization is the foundation of strength and conditioning. Coaches start by defining an annual plan around a competitive season. Then specific training goals like hypertrophy, strength, power, and conditioning are used to form mesocycles. Finally, each mesocycle is unpacked into small microcycles designed to elicit very specific adaptations. But a recent study from the JournalContinue reading “Periodization, Does it Matter?”

Book Review: Power Speed Endurance

Power Speed Endurance: A Skill-Based Approach to Endurance Training promises to uproot much of the conventional wisdom surrounding endurance training. The author, Brian Mackenzie, is the founder of CrossFit Endurance, a program that uses CrossFit and sport-specific training to propel endurance athletes to new heights. The book starts with a simple premise: What is theContinue reading “Book Review: Power Speed Endurance”

Kettlebell Training for Spine Health

Kettlebell training offers unique benefit to the core and spine, says a study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The authors set out to simply study the mechanics and muscle activation patterns of kettlebell training, since no previous studies existed. They studied the swing, snatch, and carry. They found that kettlebell swings andContinue reading “Kettlebell Training for Spine Health”

Weightlifting Shoes can Improve Your Back Squat

A few months ago I visited Deep South Barbell, a competitive powerlifting gym, and saw something odd. Two of the athletes were wearing weightlifting shoes—shoes with hard, inclined heels normally used in Olympic weightlifting. But mixing weightlifting and powerlifting…that’s like oil and water. I had to ask about this, so I caught the attention ofContinue reading “Weightlifting Shoes can Improve Your Back Squat”