Strength Followed by Power Exercise Maximizes Strength

Strength Followed by Power Exercise Maximizes Strength
In the 1960s, East German scientists and coaches developed a training technique of performing a heavy strength exercise, such as squats, followed immediately by a power exercise, such as squat jumps or hurdle hops. While many athletes and coaches have adopted this training method since then, little scientific evidence supports its use. A study from New Zealand showed that performing box squats (3 sets of 3 reps, three minutes rest between sets) followed by jump squats (3×3, three minutes rest) caused greater increases in salivary testosterone and cortisol than performing strength or power exercises alone. Doing strength exercises followed by power exercises might maximize muscular adaptations to training. (Journal Strength Conditioning Research, 25: 1072-1078)

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