An Investigation Into the Effects of Excluding the Catch Phase of the Power Clean on Force-Time Characteristics During Isometric and Dynamic Tasks: An Intervention Study

An interesting paper, The aims of this study were to compare the effects of the exclusion or inclusion of the catch phase during power clean (PC) derivatives on force-time characteristics during isometric and dynamic tasks, after two 4-week mesocycles of resistance training. Two strength matched groups completed the twice-weekly training sessions either including the catch […]

Quad Rugby: A Strength and Conditioning Program for the Elite Athlete

Following yesterday’s article here’s a research paper on Wheelchair Rugby (Murderball), one of the few scientific papers I have found on the subject. Quad Rugby A Strength and Conditioning Program National Strength and Conditioning Association Volume 28, Number 4, pages 10-18

Upper Body program for Wheelchair Rugby (Murder ball) – Opinion Piece

Recently I listened a radio broadcast of an amazing athlete who while playing able body Rugby was badly injured and now is in a wheelchair, but it has not dampened his enthusiasm and I decided to research about Strength and Conditioning Programs for Murder Ball and I found that the wheelchair version of the sport […]

A Novel Method to Determine Optimal Load in Elastic-Based Power Training

Published in September edition of Journal Strength Conditioning and Research 32(9): 2401-2408 The authors used a bicep curl with 6 different elastic (resistance) tubes & measured force data from a strain gauge and velocity data from a 3D motion capture system to calculate power output. An analysis based on individual’s cable arm curl 1-repetition maximum […]

How to Build Strength in Rock Climbers – Part 2

Following last week’s article, we discussed how do you train strength? You need to train with compound movements (multi-joint: that work several muscles or muscle groups at one time) through a full range-of-motion. You need to work at very high loads. also, you need to train strength alongside developing the skills for rock climbing. Any […]

How to Build Strength in Rock Climbers – Part 1

Most people have known me as Strength and Conditioning Coach primarily for Team Sports (Rugby Union and American Football), however, my passion has always been Rock Climbing since as long as I remember. So at present I have switched my focus to build strength in Climbers. Even with Rock climbing in the Olympics it is […]

Exercises that will make you a better Rock Climber – Bulgarian Split Squat

Purpose: Another exercise that came from the East and is now embedded in our society, highly underrated including in Climbing. Almost every sport in the world requires that you drive off one leg at a time, so if you haven’t got some one-legged work in your training plan, then you’re missing something. The Bulgarian split […]

Exercises that will make you a better Rock Climber – How to Do a Squat Thrust

  Many climbers concentrate on the upper body or trunk but forget how to use the legs, this exercise will strengthen the lower limbs. Purpose Squat Thrust is a form of callisthenic exercise that combines both squat and plank, two of the most effective body-weight workouts, this exercise will work on your truck, legs and […]

Exercises That Will Make You a Better Rock Climber – Week 6 Heel Raises

Bonus Week Heel/CalfRaises, discussion on lower body. Purpose: Ankles and calf muscles Targets: Extra reach and footwork It’s an often-overlooked part of a rock climber’s body but your lower leg strength can make a big difference to your climbing. Footwork accounts for half your points of contact on a climbing wall, forming a solid frame […]