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How coaches use strongman implements in strength and conditioning practice
International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
  • Paul W. Winwood, Auckland University of Technology
  • John B Cronin, Edith Cowan University
  • Justin Keogh, Bond University
  • Mike Dudson, Auckland University of Technology
  • Nicholas Gill, Auckland University of Technology
Date of this Version
10-1-2014
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Journal Article
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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.

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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.

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Paul W. Winwood, John B Cronin, Justin Keogh, Mike Dudson, et al.. "How coaches use strongman implements in strength and conditioning practice" International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching (2014) ISSN: 1747-9541
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/justin_keogh/64/