Advanced Exercises with Eastern European Names: Part I

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By Tony Boutagy www.tonyboutagy.com

 

Many strength coaches have a well guarded secret. And that secret is this: strength exercises typically have boring and lackluster names. So to make them sound more interesting and exotic, the name of an Eastern Bloc country is added to the movement, transforming an ordinary squat into a Bulgarian Squat and the average deadlift into a Romanian deadlift! Clients are always far more impressed if they are performing a Hungarian Chin Up* rather than a plain old chin up! And it’s now becoming very popular, especially with females strength coaches, to add the name Brazilian, if the exercise is performed with no weight at all!!

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Olympic Lifting vs Powerlifting Methods – Tom Mclaughlin

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The following article is sure to provoke a steady flow of feedback, as it is a much disputed fact of strength development. Arguments will be presented from both views and I will then attempt to give readers my own personal opinion of what I feel to be the primary tool in improving strength levels.

Olympic lifting in team sports has long been thought of as the best way to develop explosive power and maximal strength. This first started when early coaches saw how powerful and explosive weightlifters were, one only has to look at videos on the internet to realise that these athletes are at the top power athletes in the world. Flexibility is another area highlighted within weightlifters which is regarded to be of a high standard. The flexibility required to perform a full snatch of clean the bar in a deep squat is an exceptional display of core control and joint mobility.

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Five (5) Favourite Overhead Pressing Movements

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1. Cambered Bar Shoulder Press

Usually a bar you associate with squatting and good morning but press it overhead and reap the benefits to the rotator cuffs and the stabilisation of the trunk as the bar swings slightly out of alignment as you press it overhead. Watch you don’t catch you hands on the support racks when you put the bar back into the racks at the completion of your set.

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Fast-tracking the development of young rugby players in the four “esses” – Bruce Ross, CEO, MyoQuip Pty Ltd

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Fast-tracking the development of young rugby players in the four “esses” – size, strength, speed and skill

by Bruce Ross, CEO, MyoQuip Pty Ltd (November 2008) A two-year program of accelerating the physical and skill development of young players at Sydney University has returned big dividends.

Within days of losing the 2006 First Colts Grand Final due to being out-muscled at the breakdown, University coach Nick Ryan met with his team and together they made a pact to never again be pushed off the ball. The players allowed themselves a mere three weeks break before getting back into training for the 2007 season at a level of intensity not seen before in Sydney club rugby. The off-season training regimen consisted of 4 weights sessions and 3 field sessions per week, switching to 3 weights and 2 to 3 field sessions during the playing season plus regular individual video analysis and field sessions with the coach.

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