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Building Multi-Directional Strength and Power

My friend Eric Cressey of Cressey Performance is currently offering $50 off of his High Performance Handbook program until the end of the week. In an effort to help promote his excellent training resource, I asked him to write me a badass guest blog. He definitely didn’t disappoint! I hope you enjoy Eric’s article and videos. 

Building Multi-Directional Strength and Power
By: Eric Cressey

Sagittal-plane dominant exercises like squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and chin-ups get all the love in the world of strength training, but the truth is that both everyday activities and all levels of athletics require individuals to be strong and powerful in both the frontal and transverse planes, too. This knowledge gave rise to a central tenet of the functional training era: multi-planar training.

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From the Lab to Your Pocket: Groundbreaking Leg Power Measurement With Your iPhone

Ladies and gentlemen (especially athletes, strength coaches, and sports scientists),

I’m very excited to present to you some incredible brand new technology. Imagine an iPhone app that allows athletes and coaches to:

  1. Calculate jump height based on the iPhone’s video capture capabilities
  2. Create a force-velocity profile by performing several jumps with varying loads
  3. Compare the force-velocity profile to an ideal force-velocity profile, thus providing individualized training recommendations

Previously, this required expensive equipment, but now it’s available for mass usage if you have an iPhone or iPad. The app is called My Jump, and it can be yours today for only $6. Yes, you read that properly – just six dollars! In addition, My Jump:

  1. Is highly valid and reliable when compared to data obtained on a $12,000 force plate
  2. Provides individualized training recommendations, which will expedite your progress

Reason why? Until now, the vast majority of strength coaches prescribe the same power training programs to every athlete. This is due to the fact that they have not been privy to the athlete’s unique force-velocity profile. Knowing how the athlete’s force-velocity profile compares to the ideal force-velocity profile allow for individualized training. Recently, this individualization has been found to lead to better performance results than traditional power training methods that are not individualized (publication in progress).

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The Bret Contreras Podcast: Episode 3 – Bodypart Splits versus Total Body Training


Click HERE to download an mp3, click HERE to listen in iTunes, click HERE to listen on Stitcher, or use the player below.

Today’s episode discusses bodypart split training versus total body training. In addition, I review some of the last month’s blogposts. I hope you enjoy it! Here’s the break down:

Bodypart Split versus Total Body Training Discussion: 0:30 – 26:50
JB Morin Interview Discussion: 26:51 – 29:58
Functional Movement Guru Discussion: 29:59 – 37:21
Glute Training for Men Discussion: 37:22 – 41:37
Muscles Can’t Change Shape Discussion: 41:38 – 44:08
Glute Burnouts Discussion: 44:09 – 47:30
The Most Dangerous Exercise Discussion: 47:31 – 53:50

Phil Heath: Mr. Olympia

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April Research Round-Up: Muscle Protein Synthesis Edition


Every month, Chris and I write the S&C Research review service. In this article, Chris has written a preview of the April 2015 edition. This edition comes out on Wednesday. As always, it covers a broad range of new research but this edition has a special theme of muscle protein synthesis! If you are interested in the mechanisms of hypertrophy, you should definitely sign up for this one!

Can changes in muscle protein synthesis rates be used to predict hypertrophy?

The study: What is the relationship between the acute muscle protein synthesis response and changes in muscle mass? By Mitchell, Churchward-Venne, Cameron-Smith, and Phillips, in Journal of Applied Physiology (2015)

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