Category Archives: Sport Specific Training

Machines vs. Free Weights: More Research is Needed

The machines versus free weights debate has literally been going on for decades. Certain key figures that spearheaded this controversy, such as Arthur Jones, didn’t do a good job of representing this debate as his knowledge of sports science was insufficient. He was biased as the inventor of Nautilus and his arguments were rife with biomechanical error. I still believe that Arthur was great for the progression of our field (click HERE to read about his methods and beliefs) in many ways. Nevertheless, this debate is a legitimate debate, and the field of sports science has NEVER conducted a proper study to examine this question.

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How Does Usain Bolt Train?

Usain glute

A colleague recently forwarded me a short video clip from Usain Bolt’s Instagram account, along with a note that said, “Usain uses anteroposterior hip extension exercises!.”

For those of you who have been following me for a long time, then you know that I’ve long been a proponent of performing horizontal (anteroposterior) based hip extension exercises to complement vertical (axial) based hip extension exercises. See my Load Vector Training (LVT) post if you’re not familiar with the concept (also see my eBook from 4 years ago which heavily addressed the topic).

Usain performing pendulum quadruped hip extensions – these can be done underneath a reverse hyper too.

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An Interview With Sports Scientist Natalia Verkhoshansky

Today’s article is an interview with Natalia Verkhoshansky. Natalia is a prominent international figure in Sports Science. Her father, Yuri Verkhoshansky, co-authored one of my favorite texts Supertraining with Mel Siff. The interviewer, Will Vatcher, was kind enough to grant me exclusive rights to this interview. I hope you enjoy it as I much as I did!

Hello Natalia. It is a pleasure to speak with you. Could you tell us a little about yourself? 

I was born in a family dedicated to the sport and grew up on the Track-and-Field stadium, which was just next to where we lived, and where my mother and my father usually worked with their athletes.

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Considerations in Athletic Performance Enhancement Training: Olympic Style Weightlifting

Today’s article is a guest-blog by Rob Panariello, a regular contributor to this site. Rob wrote an excellent article pertaining to Olympic lifts and improved athletic performance. I hope you enjoy it!

Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Professional Athletic Performance Center
New York, New York

Ideal athletic performance comprises a positive contribution of various physical (strength) qualities that are necessary to enhance the movements (skills) of the athletic endeavor. One of these essential physical qualities is power. Power may be expressed as Work divided by Time (W/t) where Work = Force X Distance and Force = Mass X Acceleration. Therefore one method of consideration to enhance an athlete’s physical quality of “power” is for the athlete to lift a specific programed weight intensity (mass) at a high velocity (acceleration) or a higher weight intensity (mass) at the same velocity (acceleration).

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