Thursday, February 18, 2016


There is not much that is really new in the area of strength training and fitness. Following is an abstract of a study that appeared in the The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research awhile back.  Basically it says that athletes who are instructed in training methodology and then allowed to make adjustments on their own get better results than those who blindly follow a "canned" program. Can't say I have been enlightened by that one. If you have been following our posts for any length of time, you know that it's always been our premise that good coaches do not demand adherence to cook book programs. Good coaches teach and develop self-reliant athletes who can think for themselves and give input into their training. Allowing athletes to adjust and adapt according to their individual needs is only a natural result of this philosophy. While it seems to be stating the obvious, I guess the authors should be commended for making this point in a professional journal format. While developing a co-dependency situation may feed a coaches' ego, the most effective coaches develop independent athletes and are not threatened by differences of opinion. Teach athletes correct principles, allow and encourage them to have input into their trianing, and they will make you look like a great coach.

The Effect of Autoregulatory Progressive Resistance Exercise vs. Linear Periodization on Strength Improvement in College Athletes.
Mann JB, Thyfault JP, Ivey PA, Sayers SP.

J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jun 10. [Epub ahead of print]

-Autoregulatory progressive resistance exercise (APRE) is a method by which athletes increase strength by progressing at their own pace based on daily and weekly variations in performance, unlike traditional linear periodization (LP), where there is a set increase in intensity from week to week.

This study examined whether 6 weeks of APRE was more effective at improving strength compared with traditional LP in division I College football players. We compared 23 division 1 collegiate football players (2.65 +/- 0.8 training years) who were trained using either APRE (n = 12) or LP (n = 11) during 6 weeks of preseason training in 2 separate years. After 6 weeks of training, improvements in total bench press 1 repetition maximum (1RM), squat 1RM, and repeated 225-lb bench press repetitions were compared between the APRE and LP protocol groups. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) were used to determine differences between groups. Statistical significance was accepted at p </=

Our findings indicate that the APRE was more effective than the LP means of programming in increasing the bench press and squat over a period of 6 weeks.

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