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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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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Recovery and Training Throughput

by Mike Tuchscherer, 27 December 2017

Doing a lot of training volume doesn’t matter much if you can’t recover from it.  It’s not about workload, but rather the workload that you can recover from.  Now from there, we can spout generalities usually in one of two varieties.  We can say, “Most people aren’t working hard enough, so most likely you shouldn’t worry about it and just work harder.”  Or we can say, “Recovery is the critical factor.  Better to under-train than over-train.  So keep training on the conservative side.”

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Deloading Effectively

by Mike Tuchscherer, 20 December  2017

Deloading is taking an easy week every third or fourth week, right? Well… That’s a caricature of what effective deloading looks like.  In most standard cases, deload training is intended to reduce accumulated fatigue and facilitate adaptation to future training cycles.

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Log Your Training!

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by Mike Tuchscherer, 14 December  2017

Back in 2008, we had a training log app on the RTS website.  For many reasons we had to shut it down and rebuild it.  We relaunched it in 2016 and have been packing it with features ever since.  What’s more, it’s free for anyone to use with any style of training you want.

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How to Use RPE in Your Training *Correctly*

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By Mike Tuchscherer, 5 December 2017

 

You may see people using the term “RPE” regarding their training, but not be sure what it’s all about.  Or, more likely, you are one of the people who *thinks* you know what it’s about, but still make fundamental errors with it.  No matter which one you are, or even if you do for sure get RPE training correct, hopefully you can learn something from this post.

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What is “Squishing” in Powerlifting?

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By Mike Tuchscherer, 14 November 2017

 

One of the general movement deficiencies I identify in the powerlifts is “squishing”, but a lot of people don’t know what I mean by this term.  In powerlifting, you need to be solid and stable to effectively transmit force into the barbell without any leakage with maximum safety.  “Squishing” is basically a failure to do that.  It can look different in each lift, so let me explain in a bit more detail.

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