Over the years I’ve received a lot of questions worded something like “What’s the best exercise I can do to improve speed (or power, or lower body strength, etc.)”. The allure of the “best exercise” also appears in mainstream media, where we regularly see articles with titles that start with “Top 10 exercises for…”

There are two different ways to approach training program design when it comes to exercise selection:

  1. Start with the exercise: Build the program based on pre-determined exercise progressions (e.g. double-leg variation, progress to static single-leg, progress to dynamic single-leg)
  2. Start with the intended outcome: Identify a desired training goal, then determine the exercise ALONG with the loading parameters to achieve that specific goal

The reality is that exercise selection alone does not drive the training adaptation, all of the loading parameters do. These include sets, reps, load, tempo, intended speed of movement, actual speed of movement, and rest.

The table above demonstrates how a single exercise can be manipulated to produce significantly different outcomes.

Main take-home: Start with the goal, and reverse engineer from there.

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Kevin Neeld
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Mike Potenza (San Jose Sharks) recently shared an article on 3 powerful strategies he’s used to successfully return his players from injury.

Unfortunately, it’s still extremely common for athletes to be told to rest for several weeks until the injury “heals”, and then receive a green light to fully return to sport.

While time may allow for the injury to heal, the inactivity associated with rest will cause the athlete to significantly detrain.

Just as we wouldn’t recommend that an athlete sits on the couch all off-season and then transitions into competition, the recommendation of simply resting sets the athlete up for failure.

Simply, the athlete returns slower, weaker, and with less endurance.

The methods and progressions Mike outlines have been key to his success in helping his athletes, not just return to sport, but return to the same level of elite performance they achieved prior to the injury. 

The goal is never to just have the athlete in the line-up; the goal is to have the athlete prepared to make an impact.

And while Mike has spent the last 14 years working in the NHL, the methods he discusses apply to athletes in all sports, including “tactical” athletes.

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In the article, Mike discusses:

  1. An often overlooked, but extremely effective method for preserving and developing muscle mass around an injured area
  2. An essential strategy to develop and guide program design and motivate the athlete throughout the reconditioning process
  3. How to “program” sport participation as part of the rehabilitation process to allow the athlete to make an immediate impact upon returning

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On Friday, Eric Cressey published an article I wrote on the biggest mistake people make when designing training programs.

Before I get into that, I wanted to let you know that we’ve extended the launch sale for our new video series Optimizing Adaptation & Performance through this Friday (11/9) at midnight EST.

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Designing maximally effective training programs involves more than just picking “good” exercises.

The best prescription starts with an accurate diagnosis.

When I changed how I was analyzing testing data, it became clear that I needed to change how I designed programs.

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Mike Potenza, who is in his 14th year as Director of S&C for the San Jose Sharks, recently did an interview for Robbie Bourke’s ‘All Things Strength & Wellness’ podcast.

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In the interview, they covered a lot of great information, including:

  • Mike’s background
  • Why Mike, Jim and myself produced “Optimizing Adaptation and Performance”
  • How many times a year Mike is looking at his athletes blood chemistry
  • How has Jim LaValles work influenced Mike’s programming
  • Nutritional protocols for concussion rehabilitation
  • How Jim LaValle objectifies his nutritional interventions
  • How Mike tries to regulate his players biological rhythms and exposure to proper light spectrum’s
  • Mike’s top and current book recommendations
  • How Mike learns
  • How Mike decides what information he can trust
  • Who Mike would invite to dinner, and why, if he could invite any 5 people, dead or alive

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Want to learn more?

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