In the fifth installment of this series, Louie Simmons talks about how slowly increasing volume affects training.
According to Simmons, the percentages he uses on dynamic-effort day are critical because they ensure the athlete is doing exactly the right amount of work. If the volume is not high enough, performance will not be maintained, and if the volume is too high, the athlete will experience a similar decline.
“I’ve got this data,” Simmons says. “I know what it take to squat eight (hundred), nine (hundred), 1,000.”
Simmons also explains that strength is more complicated than you might think and includes explosive strength, speed strength and strength speed—all of which are directly related to bar speed.
Of course, Simmons laces the entire discussion with his humorous observations, including this gem:
“You can’t be too good looking, you can’t be too rich, and you can’t be too strong.”
Additional video: Unleash Your Power by Mike Warkentin, published Jan. 20, 2010.