Archive for October, 2013

For those who aren’t in the know, here’s a brief video showing a battle rope workout. The basic idea is that you get a heavy rope and swing it around for a while.

Battle ropes (or battling ropes) have been experiencing a big surge in popularity recently. Lots of trainers are including battle rope exercises in their clients’ workouts, and some gyms are starting to look like shipyards with the amount of huge ropes they have lying around. But is the battle rope workout just another fad, or are battle ropes a worthwhile long-term addition to peoples’ training programs?

Effective training strategy, or stupid bullshit?

Effective training strategy, or stupid bullshit?

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Unstable surface training has seen an uptick in popularity over the last 5 years or so, and has been touted as an effective way to develop athleticism. But is unstable surface training really a smart way to train? Maybe not.

What is Unstable Surface Training?

Unstable Surface Training (UST) consists of traditional strength exercises performed on a surface that is not hard or flat. Instead, UST utilizes implements like BOSU Balls, Airex pads, and Swiss balls. The reason why some trainers include UST in their clients’ programs is that it’s supposed to add a core stabilization component to traditional lifts like the bench press and squat. Basically, the body has to work harder to stabilize itself if the ground doesn’t provide stability.

"Unstable Training - It Makes Sense on Paper"

“Unstable Training – It Makes Sense on Paper”

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The Problem

There’s really no way to sugarcoat this, so I’m just going to go ahead and say it:  many strength and conditioning programs for girls aren’t very good. And this is a shame because it prevents many young women from fully realizing their athletic potential, potentially costing them college scholarships. For whatever reason, the majority of training programs for young women seems to be more oriented towards traditional “speed and agility” work, with less of an emphasis placed on overall strength and power training. So basically, lots of cones and ladders and TRX, and not a lot of squats and deadlifts. This is a mistake.

5 pound bicep curls? On a Swiss ball? Stop it.

5 pound bicep curls? On a Swiss ball? Stop it.

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Check out my newest article published on Stack.com:

Best Exercises For Baseball Speed

Baseball Speed

As Mark Rippetoe points out in this T-Nation article, there is a big difference between Training and Exercising.  In a nutshell,  Training is the process of following a progressive program that is designed to increase an aspect of fitness over time. The aspect of fitness most often associated with training is strength, but people can train to improve power, speed, and endurance as well. In contrast, Exercising is what happens if your workouts don’t progress over time, or if you do randomized workouts with no attention paid to progression of key exercises, If your program isn’t planned with an emphasis on progression, you’re not Training. You’re Exercising. And you need to stop, because Exercising is bullshit.

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