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!

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Whoever Says You Can Prevent Injury, Is Stupid.

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Okay, you may get pissed at me for saying this but…I truly believe “injury prevention” programs are bullshit.

What strength coaches really mean to say is “reduce chance of injury” or “make kids less injury prone” or I don’t know, “get athletes as strong as Bane.”

As much research as there is behind strength, proprioception, plyometric, balance, and postural training, injury can still happen.

Written By: Erica Suter

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When to Work Harder, How to Work Smarter, and When to do Both

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When you probably shouldn’t work harder with your workouts: During a particularly high-stress time. If you’re dealing with personal issues or you’re going through a period that’s extremely chaotic and stressful, adding more stress in the form of really hard workouts isn’t the best idea. Training should have a natural ebb and flow; it’s okay, and beneficial, to not go as “hard” during high-stress periods.

Written By: Nia Shanks

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Build Lower-Body Strength With the Landmine Hack Squat

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The Hack Squat exercise is normally performed on a large machine at a 45-degree angle to develop lower-body strength. This machine is a staple in most fitness facilities, and it allows you to lift significantly more weight than Back Squats.

However, the safety of the exercise is questioned due to the angle in which the lifter is locked into, which causes your stabilizer muscles to not be properly engaged. Another potential downfall is the excessive load on your knees.

That said, don’t throw away the Hack Squat just yet. Let me introduce you to a better variation.

Written by: Kelvin King Jr.

Published by: STACK

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In Case You Missed It:

Train Harder While Recovering Faster with Concentric-Only Training

I was stoked to contribute this article to John Rusin’s website this week and invite you to take a deep dive into the world of CONCENTRIC-ONLY training here!

Baby Update: Mason is here!

Meet the newest member of the Ochoa family… MASON MIGUEL OCHOA! We are so excited to welcome our second baby boy and appreciate all the positive vibes you guys have sent our family over the past few days. I am so proud, happy, excited and… TIRED!

Super Secret News… Kinda:

Ummm… I started a podcast. That’s all I can tell you for now. Just be ready! It’s about to get real…

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