Aches and Pains

“Pain: everyone has felt it, whether they train with barbells or not. It’s part of the human condition to feel aches, pains, and tweaks of the neck, back, shoulders, knees, ankles, and just about everywhere else. Sometimes we can point to an immediate precipitating cause or injury and sometimes not…..”

Aches and Pains


By: Austin Baraki for Starting Strength

Periodization: What the Data Say

“Periodization is a popular topic of discussion in the strength community.  However, 90% of the discussion essentially boils down to “I read an article on (insert random website here) saying that xyz form of periodization is the best,” or “here are two studies that support my view, therefore I’m right,” or “well, in theory, xyz periodization model SHOULD lead to abc outcomes, therefore it’s indisputably the best.”  However, there’s a vast body of literature on the subject, with at least 60 studies (that I could find, at least), most of which the majority of people are completely unaware.  With this article, I basically want to provide the groundwork for people to discuss this topic well, with an empirical starting point and a beefy list of sources to read and learn from…..”

Periodization Data – Stronger By Science by Greg Nuckols

The Belt Bible

” Whether or not you should wear a lifting belt is a surprisingly contentious subject.  Some people are adamant that you should always wear a belt with the opinion they dramatically decrease your injury risk.  Other people are adamant that you should never wear a belt, either because they think “it makes your core weak,” or because they think it’s a truer test of strength to see what you can lift without any external aid (though this article won’t be touching on that.  I just see that as a matter of personal preference and is, therefore, totally irrelevant for general recommendations).

So, how much of that is true?  Do belts make you safer?  Do belts make your core weaker?  This article is meant to answer those questions and explain the effects of a wearing a belt in quite a bit of detail…..”

The Belt Bible

Individual Variation in Weightlifting: Effects & Solutions

“We all love simple, formulaic answers to our questions. It makes life easy to be told exactly how to do something with no equivocation. In weightlifting, we all want to know right now exactly what position to be in, exactly what our training programs should look like, exactly what lifts we can expect on a given date. I always feel a bit guilty when answering questions with “It depends”, “There’s a lot of variation” or “You’re going to have to experiment”, but in those cases, any other answer would be inaccurate or incomplete.

I want to break down a few specific common variations from the “ideal” weightlifter and explain what they will affect and what you can do to mitigate the downsides…..”

by Greg Everett at Catalyst Athletics

Individual Variation in Weightlifting: Effects & Solutions