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Cluster Training: A Novel Method for Introducing Training Program Variation

Haff, G Gregory PhD, CSCSD, FNSCA1; Hobbs, Ryan T1; Haff, Erin E MA2; Sands, William A PhD3; Pierce, Kyle C EdD4; Stone, Michael H PhD, FNSCA5

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - pp 67-76
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31816383e1
Article

THE INTRODUCTION OF NOVEL TRAINING STIMULI PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE IN INDUCING SPECIFIC TRAINING ADAPTATIONS. ONE METHOD THAT CAN BE EMPLOYED TO INTRODUCE A NOVEL STIMULUS TO THE TRAINING PROGRAM WHILE MAXIMIZING THE VELOCITY AND POWER OUTPUT OF THE TRAINING EXERCISE IS THE INCLUSION OF THE CLUSTER SET CONFIGURATION. THE CURRENT REVIEW PRESENTS THE THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH FOUNDATION FOR THE USE OF THE CLUSTER SET IN PERIODIZED TRAINING PROGRAMS AND OFFERS EXAMPLES OF PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS THAT CAN BE USED IN THE PREPARATION OF ATHLETES IN A VARIETY OF SPORTS.

1West Virginia University, School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia; 2Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia; 3United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, Colorado; 4Louisiana State University Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana; 5East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

Gregory Haff is Assistant Professor in the Exercise Physiology Division at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Ryan Hobbs is a graduate assistant in the Exercise Physiology Division at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Erin Haff is a graduate assistant in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, at West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.

William Sands is Head of Sports Biomechanics and Engineering for the United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kyle Pierce is Professor in the Kinesiology and Health Science Department and is the Director and Coach of the USA Weightlifting Development Center at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Michael Stone is Director of the Exercise and Sports Science Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology, Leisure, and Sport Science at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee.

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