Monday, 22 March 2010

Interview With Dr Squat on Types of Strength

From a young age Dr. Squat was stronger than other kids. The winner of teenage Mr. Connecticut, he broke records in the clean and jerk, the snatch, and the press.

Though not the first to squat a thousand pounds, he was one of the first to successfully do it in competition, and has squatted as much as 1100 pounds.

With degrees in sports social sciences from University of Illinois and Temple University in Philadelphia, he taught at colleges for 12 years. Other credentials include editor of Muscle and Fitness Magazine and creator of Sports Fitness magazine.

He was director of research for Vince McMahon in the WWF. But he is most proud of the fact that he co-created the International Sports Sciences Association, the first of its kind to certify personal fitness trainers.

At 5'7 he had a 40 inch vertical.

His specialties in weightlifting, supplementation, and a high vertical inspired me to talk with him if I could.

The Different Kinds of Strength According to Dr Squat

While bigger muscles are clearly going to produce more tension than smaller muscles, there still comes a point of diminishing return. It depends, ultimately, on the sport, on the reason you're building those muscles.

For example, gymnasts are known for their strength. Yet they don't need to be strong enough to squat 1000 pounds.

It's called the strength to weight ratio. For a while, they can get heavier and heavier and their limit strength levels would increase.

Eventually, though, even if they were stronger, their extreme body weight would hamper them on the parallel bars, or what have you.

Barbells exist so that you can slow your movement down sufficiently to allow enough time for your muscle to reach maximum tension.

Pumping air wouldn't do that. It's got to slow down to three quarters of a second.

In fact, the best athletes can generate that tension in less than that time. They are, in effect, trying to move the strength curve to the left. Athletes are always trying to excel by using less time and increased force.

In the whole world of sport, speed is king. Every athlete is trying to move the strength curve to the left, reducing time while maintaining strength.

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