Herniated discs are a common injury in strength training, but can easily be avoided. In this extract from Frederic Delavier’s Strength Training Anatomy, Fourth Edition, we look at herniated discs – how they are caused and the steps you can take to prevent them.
Bone fractures, joint dislocation, concussing and bruising may all seem like unavoidable parts of the sport when it comes to mixed martial arts (MMA). Injuries, both contact and non-contact can occur both in fights and in training. As a result, muscle strength and muscular endurance are critical for injury prevention due to muscles’ role in joint stabilisation and force production.
Many people train to either lose weight or build muscle, so with these specific training goals in mind it is important to understand the impact of the different types of training and nutrition in meeting these goals. In this excerpt from Elite Physique: The New Science of Building a Better Body we explore the core training principles you’ll need to know to build muscle or lose fat.
If you’re on the journey to build muscle and transform your physique you’ll no doubt be following Brad Schoenfeld’s M.A.X Muscle Plan. The plan takes you through everything you need to build muscle, with a variety of strength training exercises for each part of the body, plus nutrition advice. But, can you add cardio to your muscle-building regime? Or will it hinder your progress? We explore in this adapted excerpt from Brad Schoenfeld’s The M.A.X Muscle Plan 2.0.
Kettlebell training is extremely versatile, allowing you to tailor programs for mobility, endurance, fat loss or strength and power. You may have already read our post Kettlebell workout for weight loss, now we’re back with a sample kettlebell program to develop power and strength, adapted from Kettlebell Training, Second Edition
As a personal trainer, one of the first steps you will take with a new client is conducting an initial assessment, determining an appropriate starting point for achieving established goals. Such assessments are not one-off events, but should be ongoing – checking in along the way to make sure the client stays on track. In this post, we explore some of the most important responsibilities of trainers when it comes to ongoing assessment and keeping the client on track. Adapted from Secrets of Successful Program Design.
Diet is an important part of any athlete’s regime, proving the fuel required to perform. However diet alone may not always be able to provide everything you need, this may be due to a deficiency you have or the fact that some nutrition you may not be able to take in. That’s where supplements come in. In this article we explore the most beneficial supplements for powerlifters, adapted from Dan Austin and Bryan Mann’s second edition of Powerlifting.
As a coach choosing the right strength training exercises for athletes can be a daunting task with so many options out there: free weights, exercise machines, isometrics, uphill ambulation with an additional load, drop jumps, self-resistance exercises, and so on. In this post, adapted from Science and Practice of Strength Training, we explore the various classes of exercises used for strength enhancement for both beginning and qualified athletes.