So the other day, I was talking to a friend of mine, and he's currently studying a bunch of different Strength and Conditioning material/courses, etc.
This post isn't to defame him or put him down in any way - this is a disclaimer because he is a very close friend of mine.
Well, the other day, we were talking and I did criticize the Push-Pull routine (if you don't know what it is, it's a standard push-pull routine lol with some more compound movements and the usual 2 sets to failure with no clear progression pattern) saying that people training like this aren't really training "hard".
My justification for this was that they have Deadlifts thrown in every alternate week and for all the big movements all they do is warm up, acclimate and set a 1,2,3, or in rare occasions 4+ RM for the day. That is it.
Well, comparatively anybody training using the plethora of GUS methods is really breaking his/her back, right?
So I made this casual comment and I was surprised at the response I got.
He made two points. One, according to his S&C books, our training is too long. Apparently athletes train in 40 minute rounds. Anything more than 40 minutes and you are losing the hormonal drive (something to do with anabolic response to training).
His second point was that our training is imbalanced. We do not do speed work and plyometrics.
Well, it got me thinking.
One, I have yet to meet anybody who has reached a certain strength level who does NOT take just 1 hour to warm-up, acclimate (and this includes mobility work, etc). I think anybody who has reached a certain level will take an hour to get to their working weights and anybody really training for maximal strength IS going to take much much much more than 40 minutes to get their sets done.
Two, that 40 minute number baffles me. First off, we don't train 40 minutes straight - with the rest thrown in and all that, sure our workouts take 2-2.5 hours on paper but the actual time spent training is probably 25 minutes. So perhaps this 40 minute mark makes sense.
With regards to the Speed work, we do use speed work just not regularly because you don't HAVE to do speed work just because speed is a component of power.
The thing is, I'm not singling out my friend alone for his reference to his S&C book about the 40 minute mark. A lot of people have approached me regarding this as well, so I think it is an important point.
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