Archive for the ‘Strength Training for Sports and Martial Arts’ Category

Recently I was asked, “How much strength training is necessary to become a proficient fighter?” I answered with a list of five most important concepts and principles one should keep in mind when designing and conducting strength training for any sport, not just fighting. The list is split into three articles, the first of which […]


Squat jump is both an exercise for improving jumping ability and a test of it. You can see it used as a test in a contest between a dancer and a weightlifter in the video posted at stadion.com/confidence-and-jumping-ability-dancer-vs-weightlifter/ After viewing the video answer this question: What instructions would you give the dancer so that she […]


This article is similar to the one on squats and back problems because the issues are similar. So here we go: Backs are ruined by defective execution of deadlifts, and the deadlifts are blamed instead of the incompetent instruction. In correctly performed deadlifts, the spine keeps its natural curves just as when standing upright, and […]


Backs are ruined by defective execution of squats, and the squats are blamed instead of the incompetent instruction. The chief mechanical cause of back injury while doing weighted squats is posterior tilting of the lifter’s pelvis, called “butt wink,” which during the squat causes reflexive flexing (bending forward) of the lifter’s lumbar spine. Those two […]


Article titled “Bench Press: What It Does and Doesn’t Do” is posted at http://www.stadion.com/bench-press-what-it-does-and-doesnt-do/ Here is an excerpt from the article: “People often ask me how to arrange their training programs, or simply in what order to do exercises for best results. As they ask these questions they list the exercises they do. As soon […]


In the YouTube video below, Coach Tumminello talks about the use of the term functional in sports and fitness training and gives a useful definition of the term. What is Functional Training? The Real Definition My definition is similar to that of Coach Tumminello but briefer and wider. I define functional exercises as those that […]


Today a post from Stadion’s Discussion Forum with questions on overtraining and recovery from injuries, followed by my answers. First the whole post: I am a taekwondo’er, been away for some months (bad ankle sprain that had me undergo surgery, which has taken months to recover) . . . anyways enough of my sorry story, […]