Hey, are you actually expecting me to read anything past the title? Damn what do I look like, some kind of reading machine or something.
I think that actually worrying about tendon strength would bring on injuries. Billy Mimnaugh had an article kind of about it on EliteFTS.
Nothing wrong with being curious though, and probably your maximum voluntary strength, if you are experienced in a particular lift, would be pretty near the limit of your tendon strength for at least some of the smaller tendons in the chain. Lots of PL pop tendons off and tear muscles, which would probably be their limit.
Yeah – I ask though not because I am worried about developing it. I just read a lot of articles, on T-Nation and other places, claiming that such and such protocol develops tendon strength specifically. Such as this recent article under Section 4:
I just wonder how they measure that.
Say you lift 100 pounds one week and then 200 pounds the next week. Well your tendons may have gotten stronger – but then it may have just been your muscles. Or say you do 100 air squats one week and 200 the next…well that is high rep, as described in the article, so how do we know if it helped make the tendons stronger as Christian and the Eastern Europeans claim it does?
Or say I get a tendon injury…well it may be safe to say my muscle is stronger…so now how do I make sure my tendon gets stronger and that doesn’t happen again? What is the best training protocol after rehabilitation?
I say we don’t know-- I think this is an area that we know little about despite some trainer’s claims because really we can’t measure it…not to say the trainers are wrong. I am just saying they lack a definitive metric in this realm.