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Reference Guide to Strength Training

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    Great post Jen and Nicole,

    This is an awesome read which covers the basics very well. If you are at the beginning stages of strength training, this is what you should be learning.

    This article is filled with textbook information that every strength coach learns at the beginning of his or her career. Every person who wants to lift weights and get stronger would benefit from learning this information.

    As each person becomes better at applying these principles they can move onto more advanced theories and techniques.

    I wanted to share a post that incorporates 3 of these techniques for individuals who are ready for the next level. It is written by an olympic athlete/strength coach with years of experience =)

    You can check it out here at
  • The part about how fast we detrain is depressing.i wish I could edit these as I could leave ONE stupid comment instead of three!!
  • I also am not entirely convinced that resistance bands / steel strands are isotonic as I am certain that the resistance does vary by the length of extension (unlike weights which one cannot lift high enough to make a difference in weight which does of course vary due to the distance from the centre of the earth)..As for the assertion that weight training does not strengthen ligaments and tendons, you'd better hope it does. As one progresses in strength training and increases the weight or what ever load they are moving, the amount of stress put on the ligaments and tendons will go UP,
  • OK so here's a question- my job has a fairly high (at times) physical component to it and I used to lift weight at home as well as other things until I injured my shoulder severely almost a year ago - could I have been overtraining? I know I have lost some strength BUT it was worth it to allow my shoulder to heal (along with physiotherapy).
  • would love to see more information on strength training for older adults - especially strength training that can be done at home without any special equipment for those that do not have a fitness center or gym nearby or simply can not afford to join one.
  • that was a good tip on increasing muscle mass and vertical jump training . try also to read this
  • that was a good tip on increasing muscle mass and vertical jump training . try also to read this
  • Thank you for this thought provoking article. Unfortunately, it does not take me long to reach the point of exhaustion!
  • i needed to read this!!
  • Lots of information here. Thanks.
  • I also have to take issue with this concept of HAVING to take a rest day. Do you think MINERS or FARMERS or anyone else that has a physical component to their WORK has the luxury of taking a DAY OFF you are kidding yourself.
  • This article is exactly what I have needed! Thank you
  • I learned a lot by reading this. I do want to get stronger so it gave me fuel to use to do this. so with workout at home and weight lifting class I can get stronger and see more muscles......I like that.
  • I totally disagree with the statement that fewer reps builds stronger muscles. All that matters is that you work the muscle to failure NOT how many time you do a particular exercise,.If that were the case bodyweight exercisers would be hooped.

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