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A Review of the Efficacy of Weight Training Aids

Church, James B. PhD; Allen, Tara N. MS; Allen, Gregory W. MS

Strength and Conditioning Journal: June 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 3 - p 11–17
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000227
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ABSTRACT THIS ARTICLE WILL REVIEW THE EFFICACY OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT WEIGHT TRAINING AIDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR USE BY RECREATIONAL WEIGHT TRAINERS AND ALSO COMPETITIVE ATHLETES IN THE SPORTS OF WEIGHTLIFTING AND POWERLIFTING. SOME OF THESE AIDS HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED BY RESEARCHERS WHILE INFORMATION REGARDING THE USE OF OTHERS HAS BEEN LEFT TO PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE. THIS REVIEW WILL DISCUSS THE USE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF MANY WEIGHT TRAINING AIDS, THEREBY OFFERING PRACTITIONERS THE ABILITY TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ON THEIR USE.

Department of Health, Physical Education, and Sports Sciences, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Address correspondence to James B. Church, bchurch@astate.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors declare no conflicts of interest or source of funding.

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James B. Churchis an Associate Professor of Exercise Science at Arkansas State University.

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Tara N. Allenis a Master Massage Therapist, Westside Barbell Trainer & Athletic Coach, and an ISSA Sports Nutrition Specialist.

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Gregory W. Allenis a competitive bodybuilder, powerlifter, and Wellness Coordinator for Teleflora in Paragould, AR.

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