Focus on the Basics – aka KISS

ACSM Position Stand Title

In my strength and conditioning class today, my students worked through the ACSM Position Stand “Progression Models in Resistance Training for Healthy Adults“. A major concept to take home from that paper, and something I try to emphasize in the class, is that the basics are important. The basics are what the biggest part of your progress is going to come from. The basics should be the vast majority of the training that you or your … Read more

On Lofty Language

I’m a sucker for five-dollar-words. Sometimes the monstrous, multi-syllabic words just roll right off the tongue and fight perfectly into what it is that you want to say. In scientific writing, and scientific speech, those extremely specific words often do a great job of making what you are saying very, very clear. The problem is that there is a correct and an incorrect time to use certain types of language. When I am talking to … Read more

The Update- Part 4

It’s been about a month since my last post, which admittedly is far too long. Instead of the usual fare, I thought it was a good time to give a quick update as to where I am, and where I am headed. To sum it up- I am finished with my PhD. I received the official notice of the acceptance of my dissertation by the graduate school. It’s funny, the big steps in the end … Read more

Sinclair Total Calculator, Updated with Online Calculator

At weightlifting meets, we usually use the Sinclair Formula to adjust performances in order to determine best lifter.  The Sinclair coefficient and formula is based off of world record performances in the previous Olympic Cycle.  The idea is that it adjusts a person’s performance using their bodyweight and the coefficient.  The number that is gotten by using the Sinclair Formula  is what the lifter would total, theoretically, if they were at the highest weight class, assuming the same … Read more

New Research: Loading the Hang High Pull Exercise

We have put together some neat studies using Tim Suchomel‘s thesis data.  One of Tim’s major research interests is the use of clean variations, and in particular, variations that don’t involve the catch (here’s a post all about ’em: clean variations without the catch). Here’s a quick video to watch so that we’re on the same page- For this paper, we examined the effect of manipulating loads on lower body kinetics. Participants did repetitions with 30%, 45%, … Read more