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Strength training didn't reduce Jean Claude Van Damme's flexibility

Q&A: High Intensity Training For Martial Artists

Question: I get a lot of questions about high intensity training from martial artists, but the things they ask most often are; How can I do both high intensity training and study martial arts without overtraining? What exercises should I do to improve my ability to strike, kick, throw, etc.? Do I need to lift weights explosively to […]

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Mike Joplin at 70

You Are Never Too Old For Exercise

I recently received a notification that a reader was unsubscribing from my newsletter, and the reason given was he felt he was “too old” for exercise. This was deeply upsetting, because the consequences of not exercising only get worse with age and I know what kind of difference proper exercise can make in the lives of older […]

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Martial arts legend Bruce Lee performing timed static contractions

Q&A: Timed Static Contractions, Static Holds, and Full-Range Strength Gains

Question: Because I often recommend isometric protocols like timed static contractions and static holds as an alternate to dynamic exercise when it is not possible or practical I get a lot of questions about their effectiveness compared to dynamic exercise and whether strength gained from isometrics is specific to the positions trained or transfers to the full range […]

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Ivanko Super Gripper Resistance Chart

Ivanko Super Gripper Resistance Chart

I have designed a resistance chart for the Ivanko Super Gripper which shows the approximate force to close at all of the possible spring settings as well as the spring settings to approximate the resistance of each of the Captains of Crush grippers. Print and tape it to your workout chart clipboard or hang it on […]

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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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