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Guest Post: The Smallest Worthwhile Change

In all, Blog, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training by Dave Scott-McDowell0 Comments

Another Post From Strength and Performance Coach. Cory Kennedy, M.Sc. You can find Cory on His Website at Razorsedgeperformance.ca.   There is a concept in high performance of the smallest worthwhile change. It is a concept born out in statistics about what type of intervention is necessary to change your placing in competition. For example, the 100m dash in the …

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Guest Post: The Truth Behind Muscle Confusion

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Today’s post comes from a friend of mine and very talented Strength and Performance Coach. Cory Kennedy, M.Sc. You can find Cory on His Website at Razorsedgeperformance.ca. I love broscience…I used to smile every time I heard something exceptionally ‘unfounded by science’ at Extreme Fitness back in the day. Muscle confusion is one of those great terms. It seemed so ridiculous …

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Working with the Female Athlete Part 1: Injuries and the ACL

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What benefits will strength and conditioning programs offer for the female athletes? In part 1 I will be discussing the role of the strength and conditioning program on INJURY REDUCTION in female populations. More specifically we will center upon the reduction of ACL injuries in female athletics. Unfortunately many females still do not understand the benefits of a properly designed …

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Lift… Rest… Lift… Rest… GROW?? (Rest Pause Training)

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Rest Pause training is quickly becoming one of my favorite methods for muscle hypertrophy.  The beauty of rest pausing is that it will allow you to lift a weight for more reps in a given set then you could typically lift before you hit failure. Why is this important? Well reaching muscle failure ensures that you are breaking down a …

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Core and Instability Training – Circus Act, or Performance Fact?

In all, Blog, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell0 Comments

It is becoming impossible to talk about strength and conditioning without someone mentioning “CORE” training. The notion that in order to have functional sports training you must train the core specifically is not only wrong, but is leading to many problems and imbalances in today’s poorly trained athletes.  Before we delve into this, let’s first examine the classical thinking behind “core” training. …

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Bands and Chains… What happened to more plates?

In all, Blog, Sports Science, Strength Training, Training, Warm-Up by Dave Scott-McDowell0 Comments

This is a topic that has been on my mind for quite some time. Recently, I have begun to see an increase in the use of bands, chains and other forms of accommodating resistance with beginner and intermediate lifters. I see this type of training as gimmicky and believe that it misses the point of what these methods are intended …