Renegade Rows for Strength: Tricks, Tips, and Tactics – STACK Magazine: March 15, 2016
If you’re looking for an excellent full body movement that emphasizes the core and upper back the renegade row fits the bill. In this interview with STACK magazine, Dr. Seedman gives various tips and cues for perfecting this all-important strength building and muscle-function enhancing movement. Read more at STACK Media.
The Best Exercises After a Training Layoff - Men's Fitness: February 19, 2016
If you’ve ever taken a small layoff such as 5-20 days off training and had trouble determining which exercises and protocols are best for your first workout back, you’ll want to read this article. Dr. Joel Seedman outlines and explains which exercises will help re-charge your nervous system and what movement patterns are best to restore your strength, fitness, size, posture, mobility, and conditioning. Read more at Men’s Fitness.
The Best Way to Squat – Go Parallel: Here’s How – Testosterone Magazine: February 11, 2016
This is part 2 of the popular yet controversial squat series written by Dr. Joel Seedman. The first article discussed why parallel squats are superior to ultra deep or ass-to-grass squats (ATG). This article focuses on how to accomplish a proper parallel squat as well as what mechanics, cues, and activation tips are needed to perform them correctly. Read more at T-Nation.
Common Mistakes by Trainers and Strength Coaches – STACK Magazine: February 2, 2016
Strength coaches and trainers aren’t exempt when it comes to making training and programming errors especially when it comes to working with their athletes and clients. Here’s a list of various mistakes they commonly make. Skip to slides 8-15 to see Dr. Seedman’s top 7 blunders commonly made by strength coaches. Read more at STACK.com
Low Back Pain: How to Treat and Prevent it – Men’s Fitness: January 27, 2016
If you’ve ever experienced back pain or consistently have to deal with nagging back issues, this article is a must read. With over 18 different exercises and training tips as well as several workout programs specifically designed by Dr. Seedman to prevent and cure low back pain, there’s something for every population including, pro athletes, fitness enthusiasts, elderly individuals, and general populations. Read more at Men’s Fitness
Test Your Strength and Weaknesses to Maximize Athletic Performance – STACK Magazine: January 25, 2016
Assessing and analyzing physical strengths and weaknesses is a critical component when it comes to optimizing performance, fitness, health, strength and muscle mass. In this interview with STACK magazine, Dr. Seedman gives several key tips to assess your own body as well as functional tests of strength to determine your level of physical preparedness. Read more at STACK.com
Improve Strength and Muscle Function with Bottoms-Up Exercises – Testosterone Nation: January 21, 2016
This article examines a unique yet highly effective training technique known as bottoms-up training. By flipping a kettlebell, plate, or dumbbell upside down and performing various exercises for the upper and lower body this improves strength, muscularity, stability, mechanics, and overall muscle function. Dr. Seedman also explains how he has successfully used this with his pro and collegiate athletes to prevent and overcome injuries. Read more at T-Nation.com
10 Methods to Increase Strength and Size in Half the Time – Men’s Fitness: January 17, 2016
In this article Men’s Fitness editors interview Dr. Joel Seedman to get his thoughts on the most effective methods for building functional strength and size in less time. Dr. Seedman examines topics including technique, eccentric isometrics, post activation potentiation, eccentric overload, high intensity training techniques, and more in this interview. Read more at Men’s Fitness.
Increase your Bench Press and Squat with PREP Training – STACK Magazine: January 14, 2016
Although standard eccentric training is an effective method for improving strength it also has some drawbacks. To overcome these issues Dr. Joel Seedman created a unique eccentric training method he refers to as Power Rack Eccentric Potentiation training (PREP) that stimulates incredible strength and hypertrophy gains in a safe manner. Read more at STACK Magazine.
Sex, Fitness, and Sports Radio Interview – Radio MD: January 10, 2016
Hosted by the one of the largest health radio networks, Radio MD interviews Dr. Joel Seedman in this live question and answer episode regarding sex, sports, fitness, and training. Dr. Seedman gives advice to both athletes and general populations alike for improving their performance by maximizing their sexual health. Hear the full radio interview at RadioMD.com.
Front Squats for Performance Benefits - Bach Performance: January 7, 2016
In this article by Eric Bach, he explains why front squats are an excellent squat variation for targeting the thighs as well as improving technique, mobility, and muscle function. Dr. Seedman gives various comments alongside other experts in the field including Dr. John Rusin as to why front squats are beneficial for athletes. Read more at Bach Performance.com
Barefoot/Minimalist Trend and Mobility Optimization – STACK Magazine: January 2016
In this interview with STACK magazine, Dr. Joel Seedman discusses why he believes the minimalist and barefoot trend will be making a comeback in 2016 and why barefoot training is so important for sports. He also discusses the difference between mobility maximization vs. mobility optimization. Read More at STACK Magazine.
Parallel Squat Trumps ATG Squat: Here’s Why – Testosterone Nation: December 28, 2015
In this popular yet controversial article, Dr. Seedman explains why the parallel squat is not only the ideal squatting depth for most athletes but for nearly all humans. He also discusses why the common yet faulty ass to grass (ATG) squat produces dysfunction and flawed movement mechanics. Read more at Testosterone Nation
NFL Combine Interview and Podcast – Strength Doc Podcast: December 2015
In this interview with Dr. John Rusin, Dr. Seedman explains several unique facets about the NFL combine training and how he approaches it in order to maximize the performance and results of his athletes. This interview includes several other notable experts in the field including Charles Staley, Paul Carter, Eric Back, and Lee Boyce. To skip to the section with Joel Seedman start at the 20:45 mark. Hear full interview at UpDoc Media.
Pre-exhaustion on Dips for Muscular Hypertrophy- Testosterone Nation: December 27, 2015
Dr. Seedman explains why it’s essential to never alter proper mechanics simply for the sake of targeting a specific muscle. This is particularly true of dips. Instead pre-exhaustion and pre-activation should be used to facilitate greater emphasis on specific muscle groups. Read more at Testosterone Nation.
Top 50 Fitness Professionals – John Rusin Fitness Systems: December 2015
In this end of the year article, Dr. John Rusin discusses the top 50 people in the fitness industry who have made an impact on him. Dr. Seedman hits the list at #25. The list includes many of the top strength coaches, trainers, therapists, and experts in the field. Read more at John Rusin Fitness Systems.
Renegade Rows: The True Test of Full-Body Strength and Muscle Function - T-Nation: December 22, 2015
Dr. Seedman explains why renegade rows are not only one of the most effective movements for increasing strength in the upper body and core but they’re also a great test and assessment of muscle function. Read More at T-Nation.com
The Effects of Sex on Strength Training and Sports Performance - Yahoo: December 21, 2015
The topic of sex before and after training is always a controversial yet interesting subject. In this interview Dr. Joel Seedman gives various tips and recommendations on what athletes can do to ensure their sex life is not negatively impacting their strength, power, aggressiveness, and overall athletic performance. Read more at Yahoo.com
The Truth About Dips and How to Perform Them - T-Nation: December 14, 2015
Dips are one of the most butchered exercises performed by athletes and trainees. For this reason dips often receive a bad rap. However, when performed properly dips are actually quite healthy on the joints and can produce incredible strength, size, and muscularity throughout the entire upper body. Dr. Seedman also provides unique and original exercises including dorsiflex weighted dips and dorsiflex weighted pullups for improving dip technique. Read more at Testosterone Nation
The Importance of Hip and Glute Function - STACK Magazine: December 2015
The glutes are the single most important muscle when it comes to hip function. Because the hips are paramount not only for a majority of sports and athletic events but also for everyday living, ensuring that these muscles are firing correctly is critical. In this interview by STACK magazine, Dr. Seedman discusses the steps athletes should take to self-examine their hip function: This article is critical for athletes, lifters, and general populations. Read more at STACK Magazine.
How Sex Affects Athletic Performance - Men’s Fitness: December 2015
In this article Men’s Fitness interviewed Dr. Joel Seedman to get his comments on the affects of sex on performance, strength, workouts, and health. He also discusses the steps athletes should take to ensure their athletic performance is not hindered from their sex life. Read more at Men’s Fitness
Foot and Ankle Workouts for Athletic Performance - STACK Magazine: December 7, 2015
This article discusses why it’s so important for athletes of all ages, levels, and experience, to train their ankles and feet, as these muscles are critical for performance. Dr. Seedman gives practical tips and information that can be applied to any strength training program for improving foot and ankle function as well as specific recommendations for barefoot and minimalist shoes/footwear. This is a topic that's critical for all athletes as it's commonly overlooked by many strength coaches. Read More at STACK.com
Accentuated Eccentric Training – John Rusin Fitness Systems: December 2015
Written by expert physical therapist Dr. Mario Novo this article examines various eccentric or negative accentuated training protocols for improved muscle function and soft tissue health. He also discusses various aspects of Dr. Joel Seedman’s research and training methods including eccentric isometrics for maximizing performance and muscle function. Read more at John Rusin Fitness Systems.
Grip and Forearm Strength - STACK Magazine: December 3, 2015
In this article STACK magazine interviews Dr. Joel Seedman regarding the significant of grip strength not only for resistance training but for sports, athletic performance, and overall muscle function. Having a strong grip not only improves power and force production but it also helps to centrate the various joints of the upper body thereby reducing risk of injury. There’s also discussion about advanced physiological phenomenon known as concurrent activation potentiation and irradiation as these are strongly related to grip, hand, and forearm strength. Read More at STACK.com
Exercise Induced Nausea: Why it Occurs and How to Prevent it - STACK Magazine: November 23, 2015
Even for the most fit and elite athletes it’s not uncommon for them to occasionally throw up and vomit after intense training sessions. There are several scientific explanations for this. Diet, training experience, fitness levels, mode of training, muscles emphasized, and physiological adaptations all play a significant role. In this interview, STACK magazine interviews Dr. Joel Seedman to get his thoughts on the topic. Read More at STACK.com
Build Explosive Strength and Power with Eccentric Isometrics - STACK Magazine: November 17, 2015
Eccentric exercises have long been shown by researchers to be highly effective for building strength, hypertrophy (muscle mass and size), as well as improve function and injury prevention. Developed by Dr. Joel Seedman eccentric isometrics represent the new and improved method of eccentric exercise as it addresses all areas of performance including, strength, size, mobility, stability, symmetry, balance, muscle function, and overall athletic performance. Read more at STACK Magazine
Muscle Tissue Regeneration and Eccentric Isometrics - Dr. John Rusin Fitness Systems: November 2015
In this in depth article examining muscle recovery methods, expert physical therapist Dr. Mario Novo examines some of the critical factors associated with soft tissue work, cryo-therapy, soft tissue mobilization, blood flow restriction training and more. He also examines some of Dr. Seedman’s research on eccentric isometrics and how these can enhance muscle function and tissue health. Read more at John Rusin Fitness Systems.
Squat Stance Deadlifts for Strength and Size - T-Nation Magazine: November 12, 2015
In this article Dr. Joel Seedman explains why this new deadlift variation which he refers to as the squat-stance deadlift is the best way to deadlift for the majority of individuals. Ed Coan, one of the best powerlifters of all time used a similar approach to the squat-stance deadlift incorporating a semi-sumo deadlift or modified sumo deadlift. Dr. Seedman tweaked Ed’ Coan’s original variation to make it more joint friendly and more conducive for maximizing strength, hypertrophy, power, muscle function and performance for athletes and general populations alike. Read more at T-Nation
5 Things That Happen When You Workout For Too Long - STACK Magazine: November 9, 2015
In this article, performance director at STACK magazine interviews Dr. Joel Seedman about overtraining, overreaching, optimal training volume, and optimal training duration. Dr. Seedman gives several key statements that will benefit high school, collegiate, and professional athletes alike as they seek to maximize performance, strength, size, and fitness. Read full interview at STACK.com
Break All Your Strength Records Today – Men's Fitness Magazine: October 2015 issue
Check out Men’s Fitness October 2015 issue (pages 28-30) to read more on the topic of post activation potentiation and Dr. Seedman's advice on practical application. This is a training concept Dr. Joel Seedman examined in depth while completing his PhD at UGA and it’s a technique he employs with his collegiate and professional athletes. In the article Dr. Seedman also interviews renowned strength expert, Dr. John Rusin for further insight into this physiological phenomenon. Read more at Men's Fitness.
Athletic Performance Radio Interview with Dr. Joel Seedman - October 2015
In this hour-long interview world renowned physical therapist Dr. John Rusin interviews Dr. Joel Seedman regarding his breakthrough research he performed at UGA regarding various aspects of human performance and neuromuscular physiology. Dr. Seedman explains some of the science and practical application of eccentric isometrics, movement mechanics, barefoot training, kneeling overhead movements, and various methods of resistance training. Listed to the interview at Strength Doc Talk Show from Up-Doc Media.
The 12 Ultimate Tests of Strength and Muscle Function - September 15, 2015
This article examines various tests and criteria Dr. Joel Seedman developed over the years to assess the functional strength of his athletes and clients. The various tests include measures of lower body strength, proprioception, upper body strength, stability, mobility, balance, core strength, rotary stability, foot and ankle activation, spinal alignment, posture, and overall movement mechanics. Read More at T-Nation.
Stability Training for Strength, Size, and Performance (Hanging Band Technique) - August 31, 2015
If you're looking for an advanced training method that not only maximizes strength and hypertrophy gains but also improves performance and joint health, the Hanging Band Technique (HBT) is just what you need. Perfected and made famous by Dr. Joel Seedman, HBT relies on Oscillating Kinetic Energy (OKE) as you hang weight from the bar (attached to bands) and allow the load to move unpredictably. This produces perturbations and unpredictable instability as the user is forced to activate all available muscle fibers and motor units to control the unstable load. Dr. Seedman also uses this with his NFL athletes. Read More at T-Nation.com
Bigger and Stronger Calves: Men's Fitness Pro Tips with Dr. Joel Seedman - July 17, 2015
Men’s Fitness magazine interviewed Dr. Seedman to get his opinion on the most effective methods for inducing hypotrophy (muscle mass), strength gains, mobility, stability, and muscle function in the calves and lower leg muscles. Joel Seedman, Ph.D. give various tips including thoughts on eccentric isometrics, high intensity training techniques, barefoot movements, high frequency training, plyometrics, explosive exercises, and bodyweight movements. Read More at Men'sFitness.com
5 Overhead Pressing Variations for Size, Strength, and Performance - Bodybuilding.com: July 6, 2015
If you’re looking for unique shoulder movements that enhance muscle function, strength, biomechanical efficiency, and muscle hypertrophy this article is for you. Several of these movements such as eccentric isometrics, bottoms up plate presses, kneeling on bench overhead presses, and eyes closed eccentric isometrics are proprietary exercises developed by Dr. Seedman to enhance performance and function in his athletes and clients. Read More at Bodybuilding.com
Training the Feet and Ankles for Optimal Performance and Health - April 2, 2015
Proper foot, ankle, and toe mechanics are the most neglected areas in performance and fitness training. Learn why the barefoot trend failed and what steps can be taken to ensure it does not happen again. This article addresses what exercises, drills, and cues are best for developing proper foot, ankle, and toe mechanics as well as how to progress each variation. Many of the drills including variations of single leg swaps were developed by Dr. Seedman to address deficiencies in the ankles and feet. Read More at T-Nation.com
Eccentric Isometrics - The Best Way to Lift Weights - February 13, 2015
This article examines the effectiveness of Eccentric Isometrics as a potent stimulator of size and strength gains. Eccentric Isometrics also correct dysfunctional movement patterns via enhanced proprioception and muscle spindle activation. Learn the correct method for performing Eccentric Isometrics as well as how eyes closed eccentric isometrics can significantly improve sensory (somatosensory) feedback from intrafusal muscle fibers. Read More at T-Nation.com
Negative Accentuated Powerlifting for Size and Strength - December 24, 2014
Learn how to safely and effectively perform eccentric (negative) accentuated repetitions on the "Big 3" powerlifts. This principle can be applied to the squat, bench press, and deadlift by utilizing the Power Rack Eccentric Potentiation (PREP) protocol. Expect large improvements in muscle mass, strength, and power from this technique. Read More at T-Nation.com
Post Activation Potentiation Literature Review: PART 3 - December 4, 2014
The final section of the literature review addresses the complexities of PAP including appropriate rest periods, fatigue management, repetition protocol, strength training volume, assessment measures, static stretching, anti-potentiation, individual differences, and general recommendations for practical application. Read More
Post Activation Potentiation Literature Review: PART 2 - November 30, 2014
Part 2 of this review examines various training factors that can affect post activation potentiation including mode of exercise, range of motion, loading parameters, training intensity, isometric vs isotonic, vibration training, and isokinetic exercise. Many of these components are applied to basic movements such as the barbell back squat and barbell bench press. Read More
Post Activation Potentiation Literature Review: PART 1 - November 25, 2014
This section focuses on the underlying physiological mechanisms of post-activation potentiation and how these theories can be applied to training programs to produce greater improvements in strength, muscle mass, and overall performance. It also addresses the idea of performing less extreme protocols for eliciting a potentiation response such light resistance exercises. Read More
Plates vs Kettlebells (posted on Testosterone Nation) - February 21, 2014
If you don't have access to kettlebells try using Olympic weight plates with handles to perform many of the same movements. Performing swings and other movements with plates offers unique challenges and benefits that can't be reproduced with other training tools, including kettlebells. Read More at T-Nation.com