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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...

Power Development V: More Tools and Stratgies

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In our last four posts ((http://www.cissik.com/blog/2017/01/power-development-part-i-foundations/ , http://www.cissik.com/blog/2017/02/power-development-part-ii-cautions/ , and http://www.cissik.com/blog/?p=1723&preview=true , http://www.cissik.com/blog/2017/03/power-development-part-iv-tools-and-strategies/ ) we covered background information behind training for power, cautions with it, principles behind program design, and some of the tools involved in power training. With this post we’ll cover more of the tools and strategies that are used in power training.   This post is going to cover: Power lifting Complex training Contrast training   Power lifting: The squat, bench press, and deadlift are used to...

Workout Components for Track and Field: Maximal Strength

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Maximal strength is an important ability to just about every track and field athlete. Maximal strength is referring to the ability to exert force one time. It’s an all-out effort. It’s important because almost every event in track and field requires strength for success. This article is going to cover the role of maximal strength in a track and field athlete’s program, cautions associated with it, and how to train for it. The Role of Maximal Strength: Maximal strength is...

You Don’t Need To Do Everything At Once

As a coach, it’s difficult sometimes to understand that you cannot do everything that you want to with your athletes. There’s never enough time in the day. Good coaches eventually learn to determine what is most important and then prioritize it in training.   This is especially true in the strength and conditioning field. There are so many exercises, tools, and schools of thought that it is difficult to determine what is most important and to prioritize it. For example,...

Time Only Goes One Way: Age and Performance

As we get older, a number of us use the rationalization of “I still work out, so that won’t happen to me!”   You see this when it comes to age-related declines in strength, muscle mass, and measures of performance. The challenge with this is that there are very few studies that examine this, for obvious reasons this is difficult to study. In the past there have been studies that looked at master’s athletes and found an inevitable age-related decline in...