This week’s article is a guest post from up and coming Strength and Conditioning Coach Bradley Westell. Bradley has recently returned from a weekend shadowing the Strength and Conditioning coaches at one of the UK’s biggest Premiership Rugby clubs where he witnessed the methods this elite club uses to pack muscle onto their academy players. In this article Bradley outlines what he learned about the use of Circuit Training to transform the Rugby stars of tomorrow into some of the biggest and fastest athletes on the planet!
This month I’ll be analysing a study entitled Strongman Vs Traditional Resistance Training Effects on Muscular Function and Performance by Winwood, Cronin, Posthumus, Finlayson, Gill and Keogh published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2015).
This article outlines one of the progressions I use to introduce plyometrics into my programmes here at PPG. Plyometrics (“plyos”) are often described as the bridge between strength and speed and are a great way to develop explosive power.
This month I’ll be analysing a recent study entitled Optimal Loading Range for the Development of Peak Power Output in the Hexagonal Barbell Jump Squat, by Turner, Tobin, and Delahunt, published in The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (2014). (Check out the picture below to see what a hex bar looks like.)
Squats are one of the greatest exercises known to man. They help build massive strength in the legs and core and have helped athletes to run faster, jump higher and hit harder for decades. I’m not disputing that. This article is not meant to malign the squat in any way but it is a simple fact that they, like all exercises, are not perfect and there may be a way to improve upon them in certain situations. If you want to know how, read on.