Force Absorption & Production Outside the Sagittal Plane

Force Absorption & Production Outside the Sagittal Plane

In athletic development and strength programs, the pursuit of improved force production qualities is heavily biased towards the sagittal plane, this is mostly due to the glute max’s role in hip/ triple extension. However, the muscle action of hip extension is generally looked at in isolation without addressing the hip’s frontal and transverse plane functions of abduction and rotation. When programs focus on those actions, they are generally in isolation, too.

Read More

Where You Are Going Wrong with RPE Training

Where You Are Going Wrong with RPE Training

The common misconception when it comes to training solely with RPE is that there is no direction in your training and that RPE allows certain lifters to ‘undershoot’ when they want training to be easy and other lifters to ‘overshoot’ when they want to training to be hard and heavy. This is subjective use of RPE and is the incorrect use of the programming system. Even when programming is fully autoregulated, using RPE in your program still needs to have a specific goal for each and every session. Overarching goals of the program must always be adhered to with the prescription of the variables and the execution by the lifter, regardless if the prescription is RPE based or percentage based.

Read More