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    Volume-Intensity by Pavel Tsatsouline

    Tsatsouline, Pavel. 2005. Beyond Bodybuilding, pp. 104-105. Dragon Door Publications.
    The inverse relationship between the loading volume and intensity ('you can't sprint a marathon') is a myth. All volume/intensity combos serve their purposes.

    Medium/medium workouts are the bread and butter of training.

    High/high sessions push one into mild overtraining and lead to greater gains once followed by a taper.

    Low/low sessions are used for active recovery or when the team is likely to go into combat.

    Low/highs set PRs.

    High/lows build foundation of stable gains.

    Then there are medium/highs, low/mediums... Every combo has its purpose. This is a good time to dispel a myth popular in the West, that the volume and intensity are inversely related - the higher the intensity, the lower the volume and vice-versa. Smart men like US Armed Forces Powerlifting Champion Jack Reape and Belorussian kettlebell expert N.V. Galenchik, stress that volume and intensity must be uncoupled. 'Overall load [sets, reps, proximity to failure, rest between sets, the number and order of exercises, the degree of recovery from the last workout, the length of the session, etc.] must vary so that some days you barely leave... and others you would love to do more but can't - the plan forbids.' (Galenchik, 1999)
    Last edited by Sensei; 09-23-2006 at 06:17 AM.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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