New Research: Why you should do the isometric mid thigh pull in an upright position

I’ve been using the isometric mid-thigh pull extensively since I was first exposed to it as a master’s student. It is a useful test for evaluating strength and rate of force characteristics in athletes. Most of the variables obtained from the test are reliable, both within a session and between multiple sessions, and the majority relate well to a variety of dynamic (i.e. not isometric) skills, such as the countermovement jump and change of direction. … Read more

Cohen’s d and Hedges’ g Excel Calculator

I needed to put together a simple little Excel calculator for these two common effect sizes. While there are many different online calculators out there, I like the idea that I can go in and verify the calculations if necessary, and add things to it (I would eventually like to add in confidence intervals for both effect sizes, if I can figure it out). I have this sheet calculating both Cohen’s d and Hedges’ g … Read more

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

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

New Research: Isometric versus Regular Barbell Squats

In the last issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, we had another paper published, this one based on the isometric squat. This was based off of some separate analysis we did with Caleb Bazyler‘s thesis. You’ve probably already seen some of the stuff I’ve done with the isometric mid thigh pull (IMTP with weightlifters, IMTP with powerlifters). The IMTP is a major research interest of mine (my dissertation is centered on this … Read more