Resistance training improves performance markers in youth athletes

A common misconception regarding resistance training is that it is unsafe and ineffective for youth athletes. Provided that the training program is implemented and supervised by a qualified coach, the risk of injury is actually quite minimal. Additionally, while it is true that young athletes are unable to build substantial amounts of lean body mass …

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How much volume is too much for strength and size?

For many of the Fall sports teams, offseason training will be kicking off after the Christmas holiday when classes for the spring semester kick-off. Increasing muscle size and strength is typically an objective of this phase of training for a variety of sports. The evidence is pretty clear at this stage that higher volume training …

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Does dehydration impact resistance exercise performance?

Dehydration is known to negatively affect performance and contribute to cardiac strain in endurance sports like running and cycling. Dehydration can also become an issue for team-sport athletes, particularly when competing outside in hot temperatures for prolonged periods of time. Factors such as high body mass and heavy equipment (i.e., football pads and helmets) can …

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Can RPE/RIR replace percent-based resistance training?

The universally accepted way to prescribe resistance training intensity is based on a percentage of one’s 1 repetition maximum (1RM). With this method of training prescription, the athlete must be tested on the their maximal strength for the selected exercises, then the coach can assign set and rep schemes based off of a percentage of …

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Strongman vs. Traditional Resistance Training for Athletes

Traditional resistance training protocols are often criticized for not being specific enough to sporting movements. This has lead to the growing popularity in “functional” training that some believe provides superior transfer to sport skills. More recently, incorporating Strongman movements and implements into training has anecdotally been reported to improve physical performance in athletes of various …

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