Each issue contains one-page reviews of around 50 studies hand-picked from the wide range of research that is published every month.
From September onwards, we automically provide you with the editions as both PDF and e-Reader formats, so you can read them wherever you are and whenever you have the time. Before September, sadly, the back issues are only available in PDF format.
Some of our reviews will include information you can take and use in the gym straight away. Others will simply add to your understanding of the way in which the human body responds to diet and exercise. All of them are made up of the most up-t0-date research.
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We update this page on the first of each month, as soon as the subscribers have received their monthly issue, so if you are waiting for the next edition, check early in the month!
This first issue covered a number of important studies from the first couple of months of 2012 as well as March itself.
Some of the highlights included studies showing the importance of volume for strength and size gains, the role of inhaling for improving intra-abdominal pressure and core stability, and the way in which low-load glute activation drills can improve glute involvement in bigger lifts.
We think that our second issue was no less impressive than the first.
We covered a great review article by Brad Schoenfeld on how hypertrophy happens, we reviewed an interesting real-world look at DC-style rest-pause training, and investigated a commentary on why heavy resistance training does in fact improve rate of force development, which is an important quality for athletes.
Our May edition demonstrated that we keep going from strength to strength.
We covered research that used cutting-edge techniques to find that muscles do not grow uniformly along the fibers but rather grow where they are most heavily activated. Another study we reviewed looked into what happens to the sarcomeres to mean that a stretched muscle is stronger than a relaxed muscle.
In the June edition, we covered some landmark reviews that mark significant changes in sports science. Noakes argues that our current understanding of fatigue is incorrect. Fatigue is not a lack of energy substrates but rather a feeling generated by the brain in response to its assessment of the task required.
Bundle and Weyand argued that our understanding of what limits anaerobic exercise performance is also wrong.
In the July edition, we covered a wide range of studies but we also picked out six fascinating articles about different aspects of the hamstrings.
We talk about why training the hamstrings eccentrically is important, what different hypertrophy signals result from different exercises, how they relate to ACL injury risk and how important they are for top-end sprinting speed. There’s lots to find out about these important muscles!
In this edition, in addition to our normal monthly topics, we covered the latest research on the spine, including two different perspectives on the controversial topic of whether imaging is helpful in making a diagnosis. We looked into some research on whether the animal discs so commonly used in research are similar enough to human ones to draw inferences and we wrapped up by reviewing the incidence of spinal injuries in football.
September’s issue contained a lot of review articles, starting with a review of how combined endurance and strength training interfere with one another before looking at the training and dietary practices of international standard weightlifters, the effectiveness of some common supplements and how sugary drinks may be damaging our health. The physical therapy section also contained a good few reviews, including an assessment of the most common running injuries.
There were a couple of mini-themes in October, although the predominant theme was eccentric training, as there were several articles on this subject.
However, there were also some very interesting studies on concurrent (resistance and endurance) training, the concept of anabolic resistance in elderly people, and some fascinating work on the different isometric squat parameters that correlate with sprinting and jumping.
For November’s edition, the heavens opened and it rained fat-loss information.
We sat back and read a number of papers on the effects of various different interventions on fat loss and body composition and we’ve included only the most interesting, including an extensive questionnaire of competitive bodybuilders. This is a welcome type of study that follows in a line of similar studies done with powerlifters and strongmen.
In December, we found that there were a number of great articles about power and particularly about power. So that became the theme of this edition. We kick off with a study on Brazilian soccer players, in which the researchers explored what happened to power as a result of two different training programs. More studies follow comparing training volumes and discuss power training for sprinting as well as the differences between external power and joint power.
January 2013 was a great month of studies to kick off the year. We covered a wide range of topics and some fascinating breakthroughs. Two subjects that really made us sit up and pay attention were stretching and horizontal forces during running. A stretching study reported no power reductions if stretching were kept to 15-seconds. A running study found horizontal jump distance was correlated with distance running performance.
February 2013 had some great material for both strength coaches as well as for those working on the injury and rehabilitation side. For the strength coaches, it was all about warm-ups and how they affect performance. Previously, I think many of us have been guilty of underestimating the effect that a warm-up can have on the main performance. For the physiotherapists and sports medicine physicians, it was all about the hip joint.
The theme of the March 2013 edition follows directly on from the February edition with another great batch of study reviews about how to use warm-ups, post-activation potentiation (PAP) effects and other modalities for improving performance during sports or during resistance training workouts.
If you work with athletes who need to perform at their best in competition, you need to read this edition.
April 2013 was definitely the hormones edition! This month was an amazing month full of incredible information about human physiology and its applications to health, fitness and performance. In the first section, we kicked off with studies that investigated the effects of exercise order on post-workout hormone release. Later on, in the Anatomy, Physiology and Nutrition section, we set this in context by covering Brad Schoenfeld’s extensive review of the hormone hypothesis.
You can check regularly for more back issues. We update this page early each month, after the subscription goes out on the first of the month.