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Excerpt — Science and Practice of Strength Training-3rd Edition

Developing a profile of target goals

This is an excerpt from Science and Practice of Strength Training-3rd Edition by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky,William J. Kraemer & Andrew C. Fry.Developing a set of target goals for each individual or athlete is a starting point in designing a particular phase of training. Programs may be designed for improvements of various factors or for maintenance of others. Thus, program design can be multifaceted depending upon the goals for that individual in that training phase. Most individuals and athletes have multiple target goals that must be addressed for eventual success. However, when developing a program it is unrealistic to try to...

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Predicting 1RM strength with velocity-based training

This is an excerpt from Science and Practice of Strength Training-3rd Edition by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky,William J. Kraemer & Andrew C. Fry.The process of testing for maximal strength can be a tedious and demanding process. This is especially the case when very large loads can be lifted, as in barbell squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and cleans. One alternative method for estimating 1RM strength is to use velocity-based testing. This involves assessing the lifting velocity at a number of submaximal loads, from which a regression line can be created to determine the loads corresponding to 100% 1RM loads (see figure 7.22)....

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What is overtraining?

This is an excerpt from Science and Practice of Strength Training-3rd Edition by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky,William J. Kraemer & Andrew C. Fry.Overtraining is a commonly used term, but in many cases is used incorrectly. In the past, many individuals have reported being overtrained at some point in their training histories, including over 70% of those surveyed in one report. But what exactly is overtraining? How is it defined? One important concept to keep in mind is that overtraining is the process, while overtraining syndrome is the result. In other words, the process of overtraining involves the volumes and intensities of...

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