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Topic: Linear Progression. (Read 456 times)
Oct 12, 2010, 03:59 AM »
Its been a pretty long time since I posted here. I've got a question that's been lurking in the back of my mind for a while. But first some background. I'm currently doing my level 1 certificate in strength & conditioning & am set to do some training with the AWF this saturday. I'd really like to get into coaching & personal training.
With a beginner (in terms of weightlifting), is the principal of linear progression effective? By linear progression I mean once somebody has done 3 reps at 25kg, would you then instruct the trainee to do a 4th rep, add a 4th set, or simply add 2.5kgs onto the bar?
For a beginner, working off a 1RM is obviously problematic, since while their mastering technique, their 1RM adjusts. Just like when you learn the squat, once your technique improves, you become more effective.
Shaun Le Conte
Re: Linear Progression.
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Oct 12, 2010, 08:37 AM »
With someone who is really a beginner, drilling the technique is more important than a progression scheme for the snatch and clean and jerk. With a newbie that has snatched, say, 45 kg x 3 reps I would not make snatching for a 4th rep the next goal. I'd look at how that lift was performed and work on another kink in technique.
I understand that linear progression is a term recently popularized in the Starting Strength book which is geared towards powerlifters, football players and other people training for absolute strength or size. I think that this sort of scheme is acceptable for strength training exercises at an appropriate volume and intensity. The newbie has got to be doing a lot of snatch and clean and jerk to learn the lifts and they should not be exhausted from heavy squats or other strength exercises.
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