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The Case Against Explosive Weight Training - A Rebuttal to the NSCA Position Paper on Explosive Training

A Rebuttal to the NSCA Position Paper on Explosive Training by Ken Mannie, Strength and Conditioning Coach - Michigan State Spartans (Editor: This article was presented to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Since it threatens the position of the NSCA, and because the NSCA controls this journal, they refused to print it. We, on the other hand, are not threatened by the truth.) Introduction The subject of explosive weight training is one that has been in the center of a maelstrom among strength and conditioning practitioners for quite some time. The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently published a position paper35 advocating the use of so-called explosive weight training movements, which purportedly offer trainees a distinct advantage in speed and power development over those who choose to incorporate more controlled movements. It is also suggested in the position statement that explosive weight training movements prepare the body for the exorbit

Training with High Intensity Sets

"What you get for free costs too much."  -Jean Anouilh When considering efficiency in training it is important to understand that one set to failure per exercise would be an optimum way to train. In order to do this productively an athlete must understand the concept of intensity and have the ability to put it to use. When the ability or understanding to train with high intensity is lacking a coach can substitute with higher volume, or additional sets. The problem is that many high school and college athletes to not understand how to train with high intensity. Failure should not necessarily mean concentric failure but it can also mean taking a set to concentric, static, and eccentric failure. When performing a set to total failure like this, it will never be necessary to perform a second or third set. It takes a lot of training and experience to understand the level of intensity required. Coaches can keep this in mind as they begin athletes on a training regimen to begin with