Improving Athletic Performance
To celebrate the launch of the Training Tracker, we've distelled all the research on behaviour change down to just six steps. Follow these steps and write your future.
As the squat has emerged from the shrouded worlds of powerlifting and strength and conditioning and entered the mainstream, one variation has been left in the shadows. The belt squat. Does the belt squat deserve a place among its more famous peers?
There's a reason you get a dry mouth, and it can be a window into your nervous system. Understanding this can help you increase your performance.
Is it more beneficial to a CrossFit athlete to have a high one rep max, or to be able to do multiple reps close to their max?
Should I wear a lifting belt? Is it better to squat heavier with a belt, or lighter with no belt?
If you have an obvious limiting factor in a workout, is it best to work hard on the other movements to make up for it, or go easy on those movements to stay fresh for you weakness?
Is the prowler a useful tool to improve top-end leg strength, or is it only useful for conditioning?
Recovering from injury can be a highly valuable opportunity to overhaul your movement patterns for long-term gain.
A lot of Games athletes say that they train for the Games, not The Open or Regionals, so my question is how? How are they still so fit and not peaking for the regionals? Is there such a thing a peaking? Do you peak your athletes for competitions, and if so, how does this work?
The use of a lifting belt causes some controversy. But if we wade through unsupported opinions, what can the research tell us?