“Longtime followers will be well aware that chronic back pain is a widely prevalent, complex, and often disabling problem. A wide array of specialized interventions have been developed over the years, and many of these have taken hold in clinical practice without strong evidence for their effectiveness…..”
The Science of where YOUR pain comes from
By: Austin Baraki for Barbell Medicine
“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 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
” 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
“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
“Selecting appropriate attempts, at powerlifting competitions, is a lost art. Too often, lifters fail to reap the rewards of a long training cycle because they select poor attempts.”
A Powerlifter’s Guide to Attempt Selection
“Not making yourself anabolic post exercise is great mistake for any type of athlete. Or anyone interested in strength and muscle gains for that matter…..”
Best carbohydrate food sources for recovery
” One of the most important decisions a lifter can make is what type of shoes they choose to lift in. Weightlifting shoes/lifting shoes, or lifters, are becoming increasingly more popular among all strength sports for their abilities to support an athlete’s performance.
Over the last year, we’ve been on a mission dedicated to reviewing and analyzing the industry’s top lifting shoes. We looked at both older and newer models from some of the biggest companies that have built strong reputations in the market. For the newer lifter, and even the weathered athlete, finding the perfect pair of shoes can be a daunting task.
After all, most weightlifting shoes last multiple years, and with so many shoes on the market it can be a hassle diving into each shoe’s individual attributes/specs. Below is a list of our top picks from the categories we grouped shoes in….”
Best Weighlifting Shoes
“I usually don’t like using percentages for exercises because each muscle group has a different fiber type distribution. For example, the quads (primarily Type IIa) respond differently to a specific intensity prescription than the hamstrings (Type IIb). An athlete who uses 90 percent of their 1RM in the leg press might perform 20 reps in a set, whereas the same athlete may be able to perform only 5 reps with that same percentage when performing a leg curl. (Incidentally, a great reference on the subject of muscle fiber types is La Forza Muscolare by Carmelo Bosco, PhD.)….”
Using Percentages to Determine Training Load
“One of my chronic low back pain patients reported that he’d had a brief relapse after a hard fall on his tailbone. He was playing hockey and got slew footed (tripped). Over the course of the evening, his back seized up into a nasty imitation of previous episodes. Fortunately, by the next morning he had recovered — a testament to his progress.
Many people with back pain are essentially living in that over-reactive, seized-up state — their back reacts to just about everything like that. What was a temporary setback for my client is a continuous reality for someone who has a more serious chronic low back problem. Either that, or they have a “hair trigger” back that may be fine most days, but gets set off by nearly any provocation….”