By "Bulgarian," I am pretty much referring to the vast majority of countries with very successful results, including the Average Broz gymnasium in Nevada.Why question something that obviously works?Athletes are prone to injury. It's as simple as that. I don't care if you're squatting ten times a week or three times a week. You are PRONE to injury as a weightlifter.Why discriminate a certain method? Are you afraid or something?
By "Bulgarian," I am pretty much referring to the vast majority of countries with very successful results, including the Average Broz gymnasium in Nevada.
Why question something that obviously works?
Athletes are prone to injury. It's as simple as that. I don't care if you're squatting ten times a week or three times a week. You are PRONE to injury as a weightlifter.
Why discriminate a certain method? Are you afraid or something?
Vik,This link may interest you. It is a discussion on this topic from a few years ago. It is a very good read and there are good contributions by many good coaches.http://weightliftingexchange.com/smf/index.php?topic=370.0I think the problem is a few things, I will try to be brief about them.First, in trying this training session myself and speaking to others who have done so also you run into a few problems as lifting progresses. One thing that a person runs into, especially without a trained coach in the system, is burn out. The body can only take so much of going heavy all the time without proper rest. Those on this style program need to basically spend all thier time in eating, sleeping, lifting, and restorative measures. Most in the US need to hold down a job in order to support themselves so this becomes increasingly difficult. The other difficult thing is to know when to back off. I think when one says the bulgairans when to a "max for the day" it was not always thier true 1RM. I think as fatigue sets in the number will drop due to muscle breakdown as it tries to build back up.The other problem tied to this is the possible "restoratives" the bulgarians were using. Do a search on here for Bulgarian and you will see quite a few posts about Bulgarians and being busted for doping. A person who is not an steroids cannot train like a person who is, simple fact.Another problem is the lifter needs a coach to get perfect technique as fast as possible. This high degree of training requires a very efficient techinque otherwise a great deal of high intensity with bad technique can almost certainly lead to injury.Lastly, a lifter needs to basically build up to this high degree of intensity and volume. Figuring out how to properly do this also requires some work with a coach or an incredible knowledge of how the individual's body adapts best. It also requires time to do so, I to not believe the bulgarians just jumped into the level of training of thier elite lifters (as in this) cold turkey. Remember many bulgarians had been building up to this and focusing toward this at a very early age.
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