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Upper Body Strength Matters

  We spend a lot of time focusing on pressing with the strength training for athletes. The bench press is the king of pressing exercises, closely followed by the military press. Now, while it is true that we’ll never perform sports while lying on our backs and pushing something away from us, these are still important exercises because they help to strengthen the upper body and to ensure that this is not a week link in our athlete’s performance.  ...

Variable Resistance Training Improves Strength and More

Variable resistance training has been around for more than 10 years now. First popularized by the powerlifting community, today they are widely used in the strength and conditioning of athletes. These tools include elastic bands or chains.   Riviere et al, in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, researched whether the use of bands was more effective over six weeks than strength training without the bands. In addition to looking at strength, the authors also looked at how the...

How Important Is Between-Set Rest?

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  We frequently prescribe workout programs that read something like this: 3 sets of 8 reps at 80%. This kind of workout program carries the assumption that we’re capable of maintaining that number of repetitions in each subsequent set. Senna et al, in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, have conducted a study to see if this is the case and to see if it is different when comparing multi-joint exercises and isolation exercises.   Their subjects had some...

The Guide To Program Design

We’d all like for our strength training programs to be effective and safe. This allows us to make gains from training and avoid wasting our time. To do that, strength training follows several fundamental principles. This post is going to begin by describing those principles. Then we will cover different approaches to organizing a strength training program. Finally, we’ll explore how to put everything together and include several examples.   Principles of exercise There are five fundamental principles of exercise...

Strength Training And The Throws

Legendary throws coach Don Babbitt has an excellent article on strength training and the men’s throws in track and field. In this article, Coach Babbitt is drawing on more than 30 years of experience coaching at the University of Georgia including Olympians, world champions, and NCAA champions. Coach Babbitt takes an interesting approach to the importance of strength training to the throws. He looks at each of four lifts; the bench press, the squat, the clean, and power snatch. He...