Let’s not get it twisted all periodisation is linear.

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There is a theme that underpins all training programs that are of any quality it is as simple to say as it is difficult to put into action.  All sports training, when put into the context of your goal and...

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My Five Biggest Strength and Conditioning Influences.

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  To know where you are going then you need to know where you have been.  Next year will mark the end of my first decade of professional strength and conditioning with elite athletes.  2017 marks probably my last year...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – June 2016

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Does getting stronger make soccer players faster? William Styles et al looked at the effect of 6 weeks of strength training utilising the squat exercise (2x per week utilising 80-95% RM) had on 5,10 and 15 meter sprint performance.  They...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR version – December 2015

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TL; DR – the use of bands for deadlift might be a good strategy for increasing the power or velocity aspects of the lift but seems to be of little worth if greater total force production is the goal of...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – November 2015

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TL;DR Chains and bands can provide a good strength stimulus over longer periods of training for athletes of different sporting backgrounds and untrained subjects.  We can’t say if this is due to a novel stimulus or due to the whole...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR version October 2015

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TL;DR Some researchers are obviously of the opinion that block perodisation means doing the exact same workout (or stimulus) 2 weeks in a row. If you want to increase change of direction increase your relative strength and power.   Both...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR version – September 2015

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TL;DR Shorter rest periods make cardiovascular exercise a lot more demanding. Athletes with lower levels of testosterone can be more susceptible to ratings of fatigue and changes in mood states. Counter movement jump is a reliable and sensitive measure of...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the TL;DR Version – August 2015

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  TL;DR – if you train 2-3x per day you might want to investigate massage to help improve your performance between sessions. Isometrics are still a waste of time for performance training. resistance training that involves similar movements and velocities...

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Strength and Conditioning Research the Too Long; Didn’t read version (TL;DR) – June 2015

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TL;DR – Whoever designed the combined conditioning programme needs to re-evaluate their conditioning programmes. you don’t jump any lower or higher without shoes but it feels more comfortable in a trainer. in season keeping training effective and time efficient can...

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