Optimize Your Training Paradigm to Optimize Gains

By Mark Robb 02 February 2019

In the quest for strength, it seems that I (we) sometimes lose sight of the big picture, and the importance of various factors unconsciously shifts, without notice. This may not be an issue for some, but I think that I can safely theorize that anyone that is goal driven, that has numbers in mind, is susceptible to what I’m about to explain. If you’re a competitive athlete, this probably includes you.

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Self-Organizing Technique

By Mike Tuchscherer 19 November 2018

We all want athletes to have the proverbial “perfect technique”.  Some astute coaches even say “THEIR perfect technique” – to emphasize that “perfect” is relative to the individual athlete.  But how do we get there?

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Why Skipping The Wave-Load Might Be Useful




So I’ve been talking about Emerging Strategies for a while now.  If you’re not sure what that is, you’ll want some background before proceeding.  I suggest this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdGP120e4B0

Naturally, a question to arise from a concept such as ES is something like, “Which is better, ES or a more traditional approach?”  Of course if I’m advocating for an ES model, then that’s my answer. But I also think that it depends on what you mean by “better”.

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Peaking with Emerging Strategies

IPF Classic Worlds 2018 is underway in Calgary.  We have 16 lifters competing this year — a point of pride among RTS coaches and athletes.  As such, this seems like an ideal time to write in a bit more detail about how we taper for competition.

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Emerging Evidence For Recovery Techniques

I recently came across this review article: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2018.00403/full

I quickly noted that they ranked massage as one of the best recovery modalities around. And if course then I remembered that I wrote an article last year saying that (n=1) I got no real results from it. You can read that article here: https://articles.reactivetrainingsystems.com/2017/09/05/whats-the-recovery-value-of-a-massage/

This seemed like a great chance for me to update my thoughts a bit, so I looked into it further. It seems that, for most people, massage is effective at reducing fatigue and soreness beyond just resting. And it worked better than the other methods that were reviewed as well. That wasn’t my experience at all, so I wanted to reconcile these two observations.

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Leadership, Relationship, Creativity

By Mike Tuchscherer 2 April 2018

There are no magic programs. Coaching is about a lot more than writing a good program. Of course writing a good program as part of being a good powerlifting coach especially in an online setting but to think that there is just writing the program is to misunderstand the process and to do a serious disservice to all the clients who put their trust in you. Read more…

Custom Training in The Face of Athletic Adaptation

 By Mike Tuchscherer 07 March 2018

Many of us treat “what works for you” like a math problem and it’s not.  If I ask you “What is 247*53”, you likely don’t know the answer right off the top of your head.  But with a little calculation, you can pretty easily figure out that the answer is 13091.  Now if I ask you again “what is 247*53”, you don’t need to go through the same steps.  You just remember that the last time the answer worked out to be 13091 and assume it’s the same answer this time.  And as long as you did the math right, that’s a good assumption to make.  It saves you time.

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Why I Don’t Use Prilepin’s Chart

By Mike Tuchscherer 28 February 2018

Bottom line up front:  It wasn’t developed for Powerlifters and will have limited direct applicability.  A much better way is to extract the useful information from it and apply the principles rather than the chart directly.

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The Effect of Fatigue in Training

By Mike Tuchscherer 14 February 2018

Bottom line up front: measuring fatigue helps you make useful training choices, but will not help you to decide whether to go for a PR or not. Read more…

Should You Use Heavy Singles In Training?

by Mike Tuchscherer, 10 Jan 2018

In 2013 I met Boris Sheiko at a seminar he was conducting in Vicenza, Italy.  It was quite an enjoyable time and we had several interesting conversations that day, particularly over lunch.  I’m sure it’s no surprise and probably goes without saying that we generally agreed on most things coaching related.  But one thing that we didn’t agree on was particularly interesting.  He feels that working with 90%+ loads are especially taxing to the lifter.  I do not.  Coach Sheiko (or whoever runs his social media accounts) recently posted about his opinion, so I wanted to weigh in with mine.

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