As a competitive lifter, the right equipment is extremely important and can not only give you more enjoyment from your training sessions, but also a longer training life as an athlete. If you are a competitive weightlifter then I am sure you are well aware of the difference between an Eleiko bar and a 32mm powerlifting bar costing around £60. If you are like me then you would rather miss any technical work and just do pull and strength training based on how awful they feel.
As a coach and trainer it is important to get reliable data that you can use to help progress your athletes and clients. An important aspect of training is body composition and a reduction in body fat percentage for many sports while lean muscle mass increases. While several methods exist for this, there is a great degree of variation and accuracy in the results. One of the best methods available is DEXA scan as it gives a host of information that can be used to form good baseline measurements to plan training from.
Self – Efficacy is a term coined by the psychologist Albert Bandura and used it to explain our ability to succeed in a given situation we face.
Click the image below for a very good journal article on self efficacy from the NSCA.
Self – Efficacy relates to our ability to persist and succeed with a task and this is largely based on our beliefs about our ability to achieve goals. Self – Efficacy not only determines whether or not someone will take on a challenging task, but also how long they will potentially last with it. Continue reading →
Many people new to weightlifting find the front squat hard work. The bar chokes them and the elbows are difficult to get high causing the wrists to become painful. For most people a quick fix will be to address shoulder range and lat tightness. These simple movements can be greatly improved in just a few weeks with the right attention to movement limitations.
Please understand that I am not against crossfit apart from 2 areas mentioned below. I have coached out of many crossfit gyms in the UK. I run accreditations that have been attended by crossfit coaches. I have coached at crossfit venues internationally. I have many friends that train crossfit and I know a multitude of respectable and competent coaches that run crossfit venues and help people improve their health. Continue reading →