This is a piece I’ve wanted to write for a while; I apparently started it in 2011 and then got distracted by other things. But for lack of anything to write about, I’m getting back to it.
A recent (note: 2011) article in Runner’s World magazine spurred what will invariably be an article that takes far more parts to cover than I’m initially planning; in brief it looked at some of the recent debates over running form (and of course the shoe issue) in terms of the whole heel strike vs.… Read More
Information on Olympic Lifting in English is not available in large amounts and what is available can run the gamut from excellent to absolute trash. The movements are technically complicated, there is little information (again, especially in English) on them and many who teach them, frankly, have no clue what they are doing.… Read More
Today I want to cover proper and improper exercise technique for the split squat. I’ll go ahead and note up front that everything I’m going to discuss would apply to the myriad lunging variations as well. The only difference is the added component of movement (forwards, backwards, alternating or whatever).
Recently the split squat in one form or another has come sort of the forefront due to a rather popular strength coach’s belief that the split squat (more specifically a rear foot elevated split squat) can and should replace back squatting for athletes. … Read More
In Friday’s Q&A on Lifting 6 Days Per Week for Mass Gains, on the lower body day, I suggested both the Romanian Deadlift as well as another low-back exercise on the lower body day. In response to this, someone on the support forum asked what low back exercise I’d recommend since, as noted, the RDL already hits the low back to some degree. … Read More
In a previous exercise technique article, I examined the Cable Row and today I want to examine the ‘other’ major back movement: the lat pulldown. In this article, I’m going to cover a narrow undergrip, medium overgrip (both in front of and behind the neck) and parallel grip handle.
I’m generally not a big fan of very wide grip pulldowns, I think that a medium overhand grip works just as well and wide grips tend to limit the range of motion.… Read More