Power, not strength, is the #1 training goal for explosive-sport athletes

Click here to be notified when new posts go live. Strength is important to sport performance, but only in that it serves to improve force production within sport-specific timeframes. Training is only effective when it results in an increased force expression within said timeframes; when pushing 1RM higher ceases to do so, training should change … Continue reading Power, not strength, is the #1 training goal for explosive-sport athletes

Force Application Time: The Principle of Specificity

Click here to be notified when new posts go live. Specificity of training is a core principle that dictates training should enhance a specific aspect of athletic performance or a specific physiological / biomechanical outcome. The term "sport-specific training" gets thrown around frequently, but there is not a clear definition of what "sport-specific" means. I … Continue reading Force Application Time: The Principle of Specificity

Applying Bondarchuk’s Exercise Classification System: A Thought Experiment and Why Most Training Doesn’t Work

Click here to be notified when new posts go live. My last post discussed the end goal of training for athletes: playing your sport better. That statement sounds like a no brainer, but all too often athletes (and their trainers) don't approach off-season training with this mindset. Instead, they make a lot of assumptions (read: … Continue reading Applying Bondarchuk’s Exercise Classification System: A Thought Experiment and Why Most Training Doesn’t Work

Keep your eye on the prize: Enhanced gameplay–not performance in the gym–is the end goal

Click here to be notified when new posts go live. Antoliy Bondarchuk developed a brilliant exercise classification scheme. Check it out below: This classification system is intriguing on many levels, the pyramidal structure being insightful in and of itself. At the top of the pyramid sits "Competitive Exercises", which includes playing the sport during live … Continue reading Keep your eye on the prize: Enhanced gameplay–not performance in the gym–is the end goal