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The "Dos" and Don'ts of Graphs

I hope that when I die, people say about me, 'Boy, that guy sure owed me a lot of money.' Jack Handey (1949 - ), Deep Thoughts Good graphs are gold. Bad graphs are worth less , worthless. Recently I ran across a site that takes exception to our common sense approach to training stronger athletes. It's a typical Olympic lifts are the way, the truth and the light type of site run by a strength coach that teaches the same. The site uses a graph to try to say that explosive ballistic lifting is superior to what they call heavy resistant strength training (I'll have to assume means non explosive training) because of the rate at which they allow an athlete to express force The site had this to say about the graph: Folks, force production is great and the reality is that any sound strength and conditioning coach knows that there need to be MANY tools in his/her toolbox so there is a place for strength-based exercises. The problem is that TIME is a huge factor in sport perfo