Title

How coaches use strongman implements in strength and conditioning practice

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Multi-Science Publishing

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences

RAS ID

19307

Comments

Winwood P., Cronin J., Keogh J., Dudson M., Gill N. (2014). How coaches use strongman implements in strength and conditioning practice. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9(5), 1107-1125. Available here

Abstract

This article describes how strongman implements, which we defined as "any non-traditional implement integrated into strength and conditioning practice" are currently utilised by coaches to enhance athletic performance. Coaches (mean ±SD 34.0 ±8.2 y old, 9.8 ±6.7 y general strength and conditioning coaching experience) completed a self-reported 4-page survey. The subject group included coaches of amateur (n = 74), semi-professional (n = 38) and professional (n = 108) athletes. Eighty-eight percent (n = 193) of coaches reported using strongman implements in the training of their athletes. Coaches ranked sleds, ropes, kettlebells, tyres, sandbags and farmers walk bars as the top six implements used, and anaerobic/metabolic conditioning, explosive strength/power and muscle endurance as the three main physiological reasons for its use. The strongman implements were typically used in combination with traditional exercises in a gymnasium-based setting. Future research needs to evaluate the performance benefits of such training practices in controlled studies.

DOI

10.1260/1747-9541.9.5.1107

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