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A follow up to the Michael Boyle article...

After reading through the article a few more time and reading the discussion that followed on T-Nation I have a few points to add to the discussion. Volume - Boyle alludes to the fact that most routines include too much volume and I agree. Some people went nuts ut as I am more convinced that reading comprehension is at a very low level for some people it seems people are not getting the point. The point is that for asic ST!"N#T$ training needs a low volume is all that is re%uired. Note that I emphasi&e strength training ecause people are trying to use strength training for conditioning - and they need to stop it' (ne of my favorite sayings is )I am after results - not a wor*out.) Strength training is a out getting stronger +eriod. And I prefer to find a )minimal) level of time and wor* to accomplish this. )To eliminate the e,cess) as Bruce -ee said - So I S%uat. I Bench. and I /eadlift. My only variety is in adding 0umpstretch ands and manipulating intensity and total 1 of reps. And I rest a -(T more than I used to - as the weight gets heavy you need to rest more. So people get confused ecause they want to leave the gym having had a )wor*out) - get over it if Strength is your goal. 2,3. 4,4. 5,6 can and should form the ase of a strength training program. 3,3 is as high as I would go on volume. -ater in the article Boyle points to the fact that wor* capacity is where )conditioning) should e focused. And I agree. 7ettle ell. sprints. intervals. 0umprope. urpee 8and other odyweight drills9. and sport s*ill drills can e mi,ed as needed to address conditioning and the need to have e,perienced a )wor* out). Also of note here is that )Sport Specific) conditioning can and should refer to )wor* capacity) training made specific to the wor*:rest ratio of the goal activity. +eriod. The weight room is not for )conditioning). The e,ception to this rant - 7ettle ell. ar ell and odyweight com os for fat loss - you can create com os with )lighter) weight and little rest that are very effective for weight loss 8see ;osgrove. Ballentine etc... for details9 B<T these are not strength training - they are weight loss com os - BI# difference. My solution - focus on the ig 4 8s%uat. ench. deadlift9 for strength and then focus on 7B swings. snatches. high pulls for conditioning. That=s it. A dominal issues: Mc#ill is continuing to gain popularity - This is a good thing' Boyle now li*es the >ull ;ontact Twist 8or variations there of9 and didn=t even *now it. See +avel=s Bullet +roof A s for details. +lan*s. roll-outs 8performed correctly9 and >ull contact twist - loo* no further when com ined with your s%uatting and deadlifting. And further confirmation that the roll of the );ore) is to prevent rotation and movement - N(T produce it. And 0ust as #ray ;oo* voiced frustration with the )functional training) crowd - ;oach Boyle does the same and for pretty much e,actly the same reasons - 69 light weights waved around in anything ut )functional) patterns and 29 a lac* of actual strength training. Somewhere along the way we forgot that strength is a good thing - As long as movement s*ill is maintained and?or enhanced. #reat stuff...Brett @ones