I have just completed the theory portion of the first level of the Poliquin International Certification Program. I was supposed to be at the seminar being given in Connecticut this weekend, but could not make it do to work reasons (damn the 2 weeks vacation limit). I know from previous threads that many people were considering this certification, but just were not sure if it was worth it. Let me be first to tell you, it is. Just the Theory 1 manual alone gives enough useful information to improve your and your clients training drastically. I have been following Poliquin for a long time and after reading many of his articles I always wanted further explanation on how to apply what was being stated. Well this manual was just what I was looking for, and I know many of you may be in the same boat. There is no deficit of new information in this manual. There were a lot of principles that I have never heard of before, and some that sort of blew my mind, you know the kind of new training advice that you here and you say ?no shit, that?s pretty cool? well there is a ton of it here. There are some things in the manual that may sound very familiar, however the truth is the truth and what works is what works, and for those that need scientific evidence, its there.
Just to give you guys an example of how detailed the information gets Poliquin gives 24 principles to follow when determining the amount of reps to be used when designing a strength training program. Something new (at least to me) was the amount of time a concentric contraction should take when training for relative strength. Another new principle I thought interesting was related to how important it is to consider the strength curve of an exercise when prescribing a tempo for a given exercise. There are a tone of graphs and charts to help with the understanding of the principles, also some cool workouts that he designs for some of his top level athletes.
I also must thank the whole staff at the Poliquin Performance Center, they handled many of my questions in a professional manner and were always willing to help.