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Force gauge measurement of slow repetition performance

More On The Force-Velocity Curve And Repetition Speed

It seems a lot of people are still confused about the force-velocity curve, the basic physics of lifting and lowering a weight, and their implications for training, so I’m going to provide a few more examples in hopes of getting these points across. When the net sum of all forces acting on an object are zero its velocity […]

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Newton's second law of motion

Don’t Confuse The Force-Velocity Curve With Newton’s Second Law

I recently received a barrage of messages from someone questioning statements I made in my article on the force-velocity curve. He claims I do not understand basic physical principles because he confuses the force-velocity curve with Newton’s second law of motion, which are completely different things. He then builds on his confusion of this in an attempt to make […]

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Mike Mentzer

Q&A: Should I Squat And Deadlift In The Same Workout?

Question: Should I do both squats and deadlifts in the same workout, or should I alternate between them? Answer: Whether you should perform both squats and deadlifts in the same workout depends on how intensely you are doing them, how many other exercises you are performing, and how much volume you can effectively recover from. After performing […]

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Eccentric to Concentric Strength Ratio Curve

The Ratio Of Positive To Negative Strength And Implications For Training

While writing the article on the force-velocity curve and it’s implications for training  it occurred to me that it contradicted the claims of Nautilus inventor Arthur Jones of a specific ratio of positive to negative strength. I considered mentioning it in that post, then decided it I ought to save it for a separate article, then forgot about […]

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Very slow repetitions

Very Slow Versus Normal Negative-Emphasized Repetitions

Last week I wrote about Ellington Darden’s 30/30/30 negative-emphasized protocol and my initial impressions of it. Since then, I’ve done one other workout using the protocol, which was equally intense, but highlighted some of the problems with both very slow repetitions and starting with the negative on some exercises. Ellington came up with the 30/30/30 […]

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Drew Baye giving a talk on high intensity training at The 21 Convention in Tampa, FL 2014

The 21 Convention 2014

Sunday at The 21 Convention in Tampa, FL I was honored to speak right after Ellington Darden, PhD, which was simultaneously exciting and a lot of pressure. For those of you knew to high intensity training who might not recognize the name, Dr. Darden was the director of research for Nautilus Sports/Medical Industries for twenty years during which he […]

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The Mentzer Brothers

Tips For More Time Efficient High Intensity Training Workouts

One of the biggest advantages of high intensity training over other training methods is that it allows you to stimulate improvements in all general, trainable factors of functional activity at once, and provides the same or better results with much less time. If you value your time, if you’d rather spend it with family and friends, […]

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Sifu Floyd Jackson performing a knee crank and "surf board" arm lock on Drew Baye

How To Train Intensely Without Wrecking Yourself In The Process

I’m encouraged by what appears to be an increase in public awareness and media discussion of the high risk of orthopedic injuries and dangerous medical conditions like rhabdomyolysis with popular exercise programs like CrossFit and many so-called “boot camps”, however, it bothers me that ignorant trainers and journalists frequently blame exercise intensity for problems caused by things like poor […]

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Casey Viator assisting Mike Mentzer with forced reps

Thoughts On Compound Versus Simple Exercises

Both compound (multi-joint, linear) and simple (single-joint, rotary) exercises can be used to safely and effectively improve muscular strength and size along with other factors of functional ability, however each has specific advantages and disadvantages which may make one or the other a better option under different circumstances and the best approach for improving your overall muscular strength and […]

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HIT instructor Christian Marchegiani

More On High Intensity Training For Cardiovascular And Metabolic Conditioning

Since posting Dr. James Peterson’s Project Total Conditioning case study I’ve received a lot of e-mails from people with anecdotes about how high intensity strength training improved their cardiovascular and metaboolic conditioning, improving their performance in athletics or work. While the plural of anecdote is not data, these confirm what has already been proven over and […]

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