2018 Articles

The Theory of Developing Maximal Strength
Mar 12

What is Maximal Strength? The maximal strength of a muscle or a group of muscles in a given movement equals the highest external resistance an athlete can overcome or hold with full voluntary mobilization of his or her neuromuscular system according to Platonov (1997) and Tidow (1990). This definition also is found in Science of Sports Training by Thomas Kurz (2016).             There are four methods to test maximal strength: eccentric, concentric, isometric and electro stimulation. When testing your maximal strength, it is described as the Maximal Effort Method, which is the most effective method for increasing both intramuscular and...

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The Stretch Reflex
Jan 25

The Stretch Reflex

Posted by Tom Barry

Dave Yarnell wrote a great tribute to the Culver City Westside Barbell club and its connections with the Columbus, Ohio Westside club. There is, of course, a lot about box squatting. We feel there is only one method to box squat but many have these less effective methods. On the subject of the stretch reflex. Someone said that the stretch reflex does not last 4 seconds as a study by Wilson 1990 states. I wrote a study with the use of a tendo unit on both eccentric and concentric phases. With all top ten lifters including two world record holders....

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 The Need for G.P.P.
Jan 25

 The Need for G.P.P.

Posted by Louie Simmons

G.P.P. is a combination of strength endurance, speed, flexibility, and all matters of fitness.

G.P.P. and S.P.P. (specialized physical preparation) will be sometimes inseparable. This is how Westside plans the G.P.P. training.

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