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Building Momentum to Optimize Progress

Written by: Josh Bradshaw, MS(c)Over the past year, I have experimented with numerous progression methods in my training to learn and expand my toolbox of ideas and training modalities in order to be a better athlete and coach. Through this process, I learned the importance of building momentum in a properly periodized training approach. Let’s use a quick analogy to illustrate this concept clearly. Imagine you are competing in Ski Jumping in the Winter Olympics. In order to win, you must cover the most amount of horizontal distance by jumping from a hill and landing safely. If you haven’t seen......

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Training Tempo: Is There A Tempo That Is Best?

Written by: Chris Barkat, MS, ATC, CISSNTraining tempo is a topic that is commonly discussed with many different perspectives and viewpoints... Some try to utilize scientific data to support their beliefs (although they’re often misinterpreting the data) and others just use their anecdotal opinion. I’m going to break down some of the science behind this topic but also give you some practical advice that doesn’t involve numbers! People want to know, is there a specific tempo they should utilize when performing their eccentric and concentric muscle contractions? I’ve heard this many times - training tempo isn’t important - the most......

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Powerlifting Vs. Bodybuilding: Training For Size Vs. Strength

Written by: Chris Barakat, MSDefining your primary goal is very important when either creating your own training program, or looking for one that will optimize your progress and take all the guesswork out of it. If you want to develop the most aesthetic physique possible, and your primary goal is to put on muscle, a well-designed hypertrophy training program is going to be key.  If your goal is to lift as much weight as possible and improve your ‘absolute strength’ (1-rep max) your training program needs to be specific. There is a massive difference between how a bodybuilder and powerlifter......

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Progression & Periodization for Physique Athletes

Written by: Josh Bradshaw What do you do when you can no longer add weight to the bar? Do you ever feel like your progress has stalled, gone stale, and growth is hardly noticeable anymore? It’s time to make changes to your training regimen! For those of you who are in school, were your study habits during your final semester the same as when you were in 3rd grade? Probably not. Ideally you would make the necessary changes to your plan of attack to accomplish a much harder goal. Progressing in the later stages of a training career is no......

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