It’s time for another weekly installment of The Weekly Roundup: The Things That Didn’t Suck. Each week I’ll feature 3 awesome articles that I read during the week that I feel everyone can benefit from, then some random highlights and lowlights from the week for some extra news. Each week you can expect to get quick access to impactful info and learn something new. A lot of stuff on the web just sucks – but not this stuff! Want on the list? Submit your best stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org!
How to Customize the Deadlift to Fit Your Body
Force feeding the conventional barbell deadlift off the floor straight into pain and/or dysfunction is one of the most common faulty practices by both athletes and coaches across our industry. But luckily, slight modifications upon setup and execution based on individuality of the deadlift exercise can provide us all the simple ability to train this movement pain-free.
Published By: Dr. John Rusin
Scaling the Squat
Another great option for scaling the squat is to change the loading location. For example, a front squat with the bar resting on the anterior shoulders will shift the athletes center of gravity forward, making it easier for many athletes to keep their torso & chest upright and the get anterior-posterior balance in the squat.
Written By: Andrew Millett
Published By: The Barbell Physio
Giving Up Doesn’t Make You Weak
There’s a lot of things you can’t do or shouldn’t do. For instance, as a 6’2″ 245 lb human, I’m likely not going to be a jockey, rock climber or Cirque du Soliel contortionist, because the horse would be slow, I’d fall, and likely break my spine, respectively. I’m also relatively weak for my body size, but if I were to ever compete in the 60kg women’s powerlifting category, I’d probably clean it up.
Someone with deep hips and retroverted acetabulums will likely make a poor olympic lifter due to their inability to catch in the lowest squat position and therefore having to pull the weight significantly higher compared to someone with different hip anatomy. Also, tall lifters suck compared to shorter lifters, especially relative to weight classes and lever advantages. Tall, long armed swimmers are faster than shorter and short armed swimmers. Hypermobility lends itself well to gymnastics, but not to marathons. In short, the best secret to seeing the results you want isn’t actually hard work, it’s genetics.
Written by: Dean Somerset
Published by: Dean Somerset
In Case You Missed It
Tip of the Week:
If you are looking for a unique way to build power and athleticism with the prowler, I have the perfect exercise for you! Use the Prowler Split Jerk as a teaching tool to ease people into actually Olympic lifts, or as a way to reap similar benefits for those who can’t perform competition lifts.
Three-World Book Review:
Just finished up another great book as I stay on pace with my one book per month goal! If you haven’t seen them already, I do a short and sweet book review each time with only 3 words to describe it. Here’s my latest — Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk.
Tweet of the Week:
"I don't want to get too bulky," says the person who will never work hard enough for that to happen in the first place. Relax.
— Tony Gentilcore (@tonygentilcore1) April 28, 2017
WTF of the Week:
Jeeeeez. What are they feeding these kindergartners these days? Kid was looking to Barry Sanders out there.
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