August 11 "To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." -Elbert Hubbard
The July 2003 Issue of Athletic Business Magazine recently featured StrongerAthletes.com. While they short-changed our use of eye-popping web graphics they praised our desire to help coaches develop stronger, more productive athletes in the weight room.
"Short on style but long on substance, this text heavy website aims to generate quality young athletes rather than win graphic-design awards."
Thanks to Athletic Business and those readers who have visited our pages due to that write up. We encourage all involved in the training of young people to seek out the safe, productive, and efficient methods.
Many coaches claim that they train their athletes with high intensity. However, due to repetitions that are performed too quickly and the use of multiple sets, many athletes have never experienced an intense training session.
The fact is, if an athlete can perform numerous sets in one training session, they did not train with a high amount of intensity. Try performing fewer sets, eventually getting to one working set to failure for each exercise not exceeding 15 exercises. Less sets should be performed as the athlete gains experience. Each set taken to momentary muscular failure would be all that is necessary to gain the desired results.
In order to maintain high intensity, it is necessary to train in a slow controlled manner so the athlete can efficiently recruit as much muscle fiber as possible. Training in a fast manner usually lowers the intensity level and makes the exercise less productive and unsafe.
Training the muscles to exhaustion in a slow controlled manner overloads the muscles and is intense. Remember, slower movements performed to failure is intense. You will develop the desired strength, power, and explosiveness and do so in a safe and intense manner.