Skills


Strength and Exercise Myth: Skills are Always Developed in a Sequence

Each exercise or strength related thing that you do is an individual skill. They, in and of themselves, are not "strength" but are a display of skill which shows specific strength. You put a bunch of these diverse skills together and you have something that can be called overall strength.

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Repetition (rep)

Repetition: Usually called "rep" for short. One complete movement of an exercise, usually consisting of a concentric and eccentric muscle action. The term repetition is usually reserved for practicing discrete skill movements and some serial movements rather than continuous skills. A predetermined number of repetitions done in a group is called a set.

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Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Athlete Ever? How Do We Compare This to Lifting?

There is a lot of talk about Michael Phelps and his many, many medals. Is he the greatest Olympian ever? Well, it depends on your perspective. As has been said already a thousand times, a case can be made that he is the greatest Olympian ever. But what is true of athletics in general is true of the Olympics. In fact, the Olympics is a case study in athletes with a capital A.

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Blocked Practice

Blocked Practice: A type of practice in which one skill or "motor program" is practiced alone, in a repetitive fashion, before moving on to another motor skill. This is a traditional way of practicing and learning new motor skills and the idea is that the skill is set in before moving on to something new.

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Open Skill

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Serial Skill

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Discrete Skill

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Continuous Skill

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Closed Skill

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What is Imagery and How is it Used in Sports, Athletics (and Strength Training)

Imagery is simply the process of "picturing things". In other words it involves forming an image in your mind. However, when we speak of imagery in sports and strength training it is important to know that an image does not have to be confined to a visual picture in the mind but is better thought of as any mental representation or reproduction of sensations or perceptions. The term visualization is sometimes used to describe imagery relying only on the visual sense but imagery should be thought of as using all of the senses to create or re-create an experience in your mind. Vision and kinesthetic sense are however the most important aspects.

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The One Punch Hammer Fist...Or Not

As part of my newly found passion for punching and kicking things I have begun subscribing to few websites. This morning I received an email newsletter from one of them titled; "Hammer knockout blow for street fighting!". Of course I was immediately intrigued, especially since there was a video demonstrating the technique.

Following the link in the email, I was brought to this article.

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Optimal Strength Training: Training to Fail Pt. 4

In the first post I introduced the idea that much of the strength training and fitness information, and the attitudes of trainers themselves, seems to be based on a failure oriented philosophy rather than a success oriented one. We seek ways to get around failure, or to avoid failure, or even to use failure as a means to training. Rarely do we discuss "ways to succeed".

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The Failure of Intensity Cycling: Training to Fail Pt. 3

This post is a continuation of Training to Fail Part 2: Intensity Cycling and High Intensity Overtraining.

Part one of this post showed that it has been very difficult to elicit performance decrements using high intensity overtraining protocols and extreme protocols had to be undertaken to do it. Yet, high intensity in these studies meant MAXIMAL INTENSITIES. What's more these intensities were used over and over, rep after rep, for relatively long periods of time for such training.1 Intensity cycling is used for what is considered relatively high intensities as compared to hypertrophy parameters but nowhere near maximal intensities. The mean intensity of the so-called intermediate 5x5 programs is closer to 80% of maximum and sometimes lower.

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