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Why Are You Training Your High School Athletes Like Powerlifters?

"as a means to improve in another sport I have a hard time seeing the value in heavy singles lifting given the risks..." -NFL HOF Strenth Coach, Kim Wood If you have your players on a steady diet of sets of 5 - 3 - 1 reps, why are you training your high school athletes like power lifters? While that is one way to go about gaining strength, it places unneeded stress on joints and is more likely to cause an injury and is less useful on the field. Powerlifters are competing in a sport that requires pure strength.  Powerlifters don't need ANY muscular endurance, or other capabilities.  Simply the ability to contract the muscle as forcefully as possible. Let's see how powerlifters compare with football players. Maybe some comparisons will help us determine if the type of strength powerlifting develops and how it develops it is in sync with what athletes in traditional sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, etc require. Ever watch a powerlifter working out? It'

Remembering Dr. Ken

"as a means to improve in another sport I have a hard time seeing the value in heavy singles lifting given the risks..." - retired NFL Strength Coach, Kim Wood Stronger Athletes would like to recognize Dr. Ken Leistner for the decades he spent in service to athletes, fitness enthusiasts, the average guy that wanted to get stronger, youth and many others. Dr. Ken passed on about a month ago.  Over the decades he's written literally thousands of strength training articles.  He espoused safe strength training methods that enabled strength acquisition without the injury potential that is part and parcel of acceleratory training methods that are best left to the people that are performing lifts in a competition. I did not know Ken personally, though he did at one time answer a letter of mine.   I found the address of the Iron Island Gym and sent Ken some questions.   Ken took time out of his day to review my questions and craft a personal response.  That meant a lot to me. Our