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Basic Movement Patterns

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 15 February, 2019

Sports-specificity is a little over-rated. Training by nature is general. The goals of a strength coach are not the same as the goals of the sports co…

Thib’s Favorite Heavy Loading Techniques

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Articles / Strength and performance / 14 February, 2019

Heavy lifting builds muscle. And lots of it! Except for a few genetic freaks with formidable levers, amped up nervous systems, and power packed fast-t…

TRAINING IS NOT TESTING

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 11 February, 2019

It is important to train really hard. One of the main benefits of CrossFit is that it showed people the importance of training hard. On the downside, …

Should You Use the Olympic Lifts?

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Strength and performance / Videos / 08 February, 2019

Are the Olympics lifts beneficial for sporting performance?  Coach Chris will answer with a resounding YES.  The problem is that very few coaches actu…

Long to Short vs Short to Long vs Undulatory

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 04 February, 2019

When designing a training program for athletes, there should always be a logical progression from one phase to the other. Periodization can be approac…

The Principle of Training Economy

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Training / Videos / 01 February, 2019

Training athletes is not the same as training other clients. They are high-performance, finely-tuned machines, but can break down easily. As well, the…

22 Proven Rep Schemes

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Articles / Muscle gain / Strength and performance / 31 January, 2019

Here’s what you need to know… There’s no one best set/rep scheme for every goal, but there are plenty of great plans to choose from,…

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Performance Principles- Part 4

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 28 January, 2019

The last component that you need to train as far as muscle actions are concerned is isometric strength. This type of contraction is important for spor…

Performance Principles- Part 3

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 25 January, 2019

Concentric methods are also important in periodization, otherwise known as the lifting or overcoming mode. In this capsule, Chris discusses how to use…

Isometrics for Mass – How to get bigger by not moving a muscle

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Articles / Muscle gain / Training / 24 January, 2019

Hold It Right There! Can you get stronger by not moving a muscle? According to the scientific literature, yes, you sure can! Isometric or “stati…

Performance Principles- Part 2

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Muscle gain / Strength and performance / Videos / 21 January, 2019

What separates the strong and powerful athletes from the average ones? Absorption of force, or in other words, eccentric strength. The are many benefi…

Performance Principles- Part 1 

By Christian Thibaudeau

/ Strength and performance / Videos / 18 January, 2019

Most athletes, even elite athletes, are not as strong as they should be in at least one, if not two modes of contraction. There are three main modes o…