is this neurological phenomonon post-activation potentiation? i saw poliquin write about it aswell but I just thought it was him exaggerating?[/quote]
Charles never really exaggerates. But he only uses the extreme (and rare) cases as examples.
For example, a method might lead to an average gain of 15lbs on a movement but one oddball gets a 50lbs boost. Obviously if you want to give credibility to a technique you’ll only emphasize this oddball case. It really did happen, and the technique really does work, but understand that the example given is always at the upper echelon of humanly possible results and that it is not a typical one.
Heck, most strength coaches (myself included) are guilty of using this technique from time to time. Especially those working with high level athletes.
Take a pro hockey player for example. The season starts at the beginning of October and the ends anywhere from the end of April up to the end of june depending on how far in the playoffs the team goes.
During those 7 to 9 months, the players do little strength training, they are on the road most of the time so they can’t respect an ideal meal schedule and they are under a lot of stress. Most players will lose anywhere between 10 to 20lbs of muscle mass during the season and gain some fat.
A player might start the season at 215lbs and 10% body fat and ends at 200lbs and 12%.
During the first month or so of the off-season it is not unusual to see these players gain 15-20lbs of lean body mass and lose fat. At the end of the 10-12 weeks of their off-season training cases of guys gaining 20-25lbs in muscle mass and losing 10-15lbs of fat is not outside of the norm.
But really most of these gains, especially those from the first month of training, are simply regaining lost muscle. Not to mention that you switch from a situation of little training, bad nutrition and lots of stress to a period focused on training, great nutrition and close to zero stress. Under these circumstances, gaining that much size isn’t a miracle.
But it does sound good when you say that player X gained 20lbs of lean mass and lost 10lbs of fat in 4 weeks of training.
It’s not lying. It’s not exaggerating. It’s presenting a fact in such a way that it looks more impressive.