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Training Explosiveness: Weightlifting and Beyond

Janz, Jonathon MS, CSCS, USAW, Cal Dietz, MEd; Malone, Mike CSCS, USAW

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 6 - pp 14-22
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31818e2f13
Articles

EXPLOSIVENESS IS A DESIRABLE PHYSICAL QUALITY THAT CAN BE EFFECTIVELY TRAINED USING VARIOUS METHODS. ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS OF DEVELOPING EXPLOSIVENESS IS WEIGHTLIFTING. THE USE OF THESE EXERCISES IN TRAINING HAS SUPPORT IN BOTH RESEARCH AND PRACTICE. HOWEVER, THESE LIFTS ARE FAR FROM THE ONLY METHODS AVAILABLE TO COACHES. COMBINING TRADITIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING EXERCISES, SUCH AS BACK SQUATS, WITH EXPLOSIVE MOVEMENTS, SUCH AS PLYOMETRICS, CAN OFTEN PROVE TO BE JUST AS EFFECTIVE. LIKE WEIGHTLIFTING, THIS TYPE OF TRAINING ALSO HAS SUPPORT IN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jonathon Janz is an Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Minnesota.

Cal Dietz is the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Minnesota.

Mike Malone is an Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Minnesota.

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