Archive for the ‘Fiber Recruitment’ Category

Dear StrongerAthletes: Quick Lifts and Muscle Fiber Recruitment

30th of September, 2003

September 30 “I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” -Muhammad Ali

What follows is what we consider mature dialog on the controversial topic of the use of quick lifts and athletic training. While we at maintain that the use of these lifts are unnecessary for the training of traditional sport athletes one could generate some uses for them if they are willing to accept the risk associated with them. We will use safety as our guiding light and acknowledge that there are safer, more efficient ways to train the fast-twitch fibers. (more…)

Swat Fitness Book Review and Muscle Fiber Recruitment Question

8th of September, 2003

Sep 8 None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” –Thoreau

 Please forgive the delay since the last post. Football season has started and we are quite busy. Thanks for coming back and hope your new semester is going well! 


SWAT Fitness: Book Review SWAT Fitness By, Matt Brzycki and Stuart A. Meyers (c) 2003 Operational Tactics

In twenty chapters and 320 pages Matt Brzycki and Stuart Meyers deliver a jackpot of fitness information. It should be noted that while the book is aimed at law enforcement personnel the fitness, nutrition, strength training, weight management and training resources provided are useful to anyone. (more…)

Muscle Fiber Recruitment-Again

21st of April, 2003


Classic: Specificity II

17th of May, 2002


Update: An Experiment in Muscle Fiber Recruitment

10th of May, 2002

May 10 “I don’t want to sit on the fence, but it could go either way.” -Maurice Banford

A Quick Note About “An Experiment in Muscle Fiber Recruitment”

In regards to Wednesday’s article about Coach Kelso’s experiment to determine the difference between muscle fiber recruitment in quick versus slow lifting protocols, we had several good questions which we would like to briefly address.

Coach Rody, I had some questions about the recent “study” that Coach Kelso performed. How do you measure a .66 or .86 rep on a bench press? (more…)

An Experiment in Muscle Fiber Recruitment

8th of May, 2002

May 8 “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. Its been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But, baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and could be again.” -James Earl Jones, “Field of Dreams”

Recently, Tom Kelso, University of Illinois-Chicago, conducted an experiment with his athletes, to help determine the relationship between muscle fiber recruitment and lifting speed. This was in response to the overwhelming myth that lifting quickly is superior to slow controlled lifting.

Coach Kelso’s findings follow below (more…)

Fiber Recruitment and Bias

6th of May, 2002

May 6 “Truth is what stands the test of experience” -Albert Einstein

Mystery Guest

If you think you know the answer or simply want to chime in with a guess.. drop us an e-mail at our Mystery Guest Trivia Department. All correct answers will be recognized on Friday. “This week’s mystery guest was named conditioning coach, [for the Steelers], in February 1992 following 10 years as strength and conditioning coach at Penn State. (more…)

Conducting A Test

1st of May, 2002

May 1 “If you cannot power clean you cannot be a good shot putter. -Name Withheld

(We use this quote mockingly! We love to receive e-mails from our readers regardless of their stance on a safe, productive and efficient training program, however, please think about what you are saying before you say it!) [Please see our April 26 post for more information on this statement.]

Conducting A Test

One of our readers suggested that we write about controlled tests to gain an understanding of these issues in which (more…) Classic: Fiber Recruitment – Yet Again

29th of April, 2002

April 29 “Every generation has the obligation to free men’s minds for a look to new worlds.” – Ellison Onizuka

Mystery Guest

This week’s mystery guest is not a strength coach. He “played linebacker and tight end as a senior for Oceanside High School. He earned CIF San Diego Section defensive player of the year, all-state and USA Today All-USA honorable mention as well as (more…)

Where’s the Research?

1st of March, 2002

“America needs wrestling.” -Dan Gable

We have attempted to show coaches both sides in terms of philosophy of training. Olympic lifting vs. Non-Olympic. We have sited evidence of transfer- Principle of Specificity which is found in any physiology text, yet coaches still believe that transfer still occurs from lifting movements to (more…)