The Zen of Weight Lifting

Chop wood, carry water and other lessons that apply far beyond the gym.


One of the best article I have read in a while about Weightlifting.

The Zen of Weight Lifting – The New York Times

NY Times Article

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 phase of the PC derivatives.

before and after intervention, respectively. In contrast to the hypotheses, there were no meaningful or significant differences in the percentage change for any variables between groups. This study clearly demonstrates that neither the inclusion nor exclusion of the catch phase of the PC derivatives results in any preferential adaptations over two 4-week, in-season strength and power, mesocycles.

J Strength Cond Res 32(8): 2116-2129, 


The Deadlift – Biomechanical differences


Sunday’s article will be about the Dead lift and it’s technique, there are several variations and visits to several Gyms has shown to me Biomechanical differences between sumo and conventional deadlifts result from technique variations between these exercises. Understanding these differences will aid the strength coach or rehabilitation specialist in determining which dead lift style an athlete or patient should employ.

Please keep reading attached article


Wednesday Rehab – Older Shoulders

Rehab-Yoda Adam Floyd, in “Musculoskeletal Conditions Coaches need to be Aware Of”, brings more of his injury wisdom to the topic of “Older Shoulders”.

Client’s bodies are tricky, joints can easily be worn out and old injuries are so vulnerable to aggravation! Loading them up; forcing them to adapt and get fitter, stronger, more functional…all sounds so easy – unless, that is, you’ve been a Physiotherapist.
And worst of ALL the risky areas would have to be Older Shoulders
Shoulder injuries are tricky regardless of the age of your client (or yourself!), and certainly Adam’s down-to-earth knowledge and advice needs to be heeded by every Coach – have a quick listen to this surprising research he has dug up, and critical advice to go with it:

Watch the Video:







What lifestyle changes may elderly clients with Shoulder Pain need to make? (Note this is easier said than done, as many are quite stubborn…;)

Stop carrying heavy loads of groceries

Stop sleeping on that sore shoulder

Stop leaning heavily into the shoulder in bed or otherwise

Lastly, let’s be clear on some of the worst shoulder exercises for over-60’s, even if they have NO shoulder pain:

Upright Row


Lateral and Front Raises

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