My question is what is more beneficial regarding the development of the stretch-shortening cycle, maximal strength (85%+ of 1RM) or explosive strength (30-60% of 1RM)?
My thoughts are this:
- The stretch-shortening cycle is the rapid INITAIL force attained eccentric to concentric contraction. It is the display of the elastic properties of the muscle in some form of movement. For all intense purposes I will limit the stretching-shortening time frame to < 0.15 seconds.
- The use of maximal resistence training (>85% of 1RM) is most beneficial in the intra-muscular coordination aspect of training.
- The use of explosive strength training (studies show anywhere btwn 30-60% of 1RM that power output is optimal) is beneficial in regards to the AMOUNT of force produced of the entire movement.
Obviously it’s a great advantage to have a greater number of motor units activated but it is also an advantage to have explosive power. My first thoughts on this and a couple of other strength consultants was that one should go the route of explosive strength. However, upon further examination of this I seem to think that maximal strength would be more conducive to the DEVELOPMENT of the STRETCH-SHORTENING CYCLE. Either maximal or explosive strength training would be used a supplementary exercises. If any of the t-mag readers have insight to this little mystery then I would be appreciative.-