“Heavier-is-better: is an unsubstantiated recommendation for strength training ?!?

February 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

THE SIZE PRINCIPLE AND A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE UNSUBSTANTIATED HEAVIER-IS-BETTER RECOMMENDATION FOR RESISTANCE TRAINING

The size principle states that motor units are recruited in an orderly manner from the smaller (lower threshold) to the larger (higher threshold) motor units, and that the recruitment is dependent on the effort of the activity. Greater recruitment produces higher muscular force. However, the pervasive faulty assumption that maximal or near maximal force (very heavy resistance) is required for recruitment of the higher-threshold motor units and optimal strength gains is not supported by the size principle, motor unit activation studies, or resistance training studies. This flawed premise has resulted in the unsubstantiated heavier-is-better recommendation for resistance training. [ J Exerc Sci Fit • Vol 6 • No 2 • 67–86 • 2008]

http://www.scsepf.org/doc/291208/Paper1.pdf

Gotta love them sport sciences lads, really. I must read the paper though, but the title is great

UPDATE: read the paper – hilarious. Firstly this guy is condescending as h+ll, and apparently noone out there is able to understand the world the way he does. And then he finished that for maximal strength gains, you can pull singles or sets of 15, doesnt matter. Oh, and by the way, this isnt a real study: this is a literature review…

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