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Excerpt — Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition With Web Resource

Optimize HIIT training adaptations for athletes and clients

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves brief repeated bouts of high-intensity exercise with intermittent recovery periods. High-intensity interval training typically incorporates either running- or cycling-based modes of exercise and is an efficient exercise regimen for eliciting cardiopulmonary (23) and metabolic and neuromuscular (24) adaptations.

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Explore the various methods of applying chains to resistance training

One increasingly popular method of applying variable resistance is the addition of chains to traditional resistance training activities such as the bench press or back squat (4, 13, 39, 54). This method of force application is most popular among powerlifters (69, 70), but has become increasingly popular among strength and conditioning professionals working with a variety of sports (22).

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Guidelines for agility training

In comparison to sprinting, change of direction and agility have a large number of degrees of freedom due to the multitude of movements that occur during a change of direction. Further, agility performance as restricted or determined by opponents or other tactical restraints and scenarios cannot be trained through the use of a single technique.

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Manage overload and recovery to prevent overtraining

The goal of training is to provide incremental overload on the body so that physiological adaptations can subsequently contribute to improved performance. Successful training must not only involve overload, but must also avoid the combination of excessive overload with inadequate recovery (140).

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