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Special Strength Training Manual For Coaches

Posted on September 29 2016

Special Strength Training Manual for Coaches

By Yuri-Natalia Verkhoshansky

           Yuri was very important in my early stages of learning the Soviet training system. Many know Yuri as an early researcher in the field of plyometric training and other shock methods of training (as on page 282 in Supertraining). Many of these methods are used on Maximum Effort (M-E) day at Westside. This makes him the most recognized scientist in the field of explosive strength training.

          He was a true expert in the theory of not only the conjugate-sequence system, but also the long delay training effect, special physical preparation, the methodology of special strength training, and the block training system.  His ideas of periodization as a major concept of training led Tudor Bompa to say, “if periodized training is ineffective, what is there left to us? We either have periodization or chaos.”

          His early ideas on training made it possible to take 12 non-athlete students and made it possible to become masters of sport. Yuri was awarded the highest coaching honor and the top honors a sports scientist can receive. He worked on all types of sports … from skiing, boxing, weightlifting, and all sports in between.  Like Westside, his experiments were with the highest skilled athletes.

          So, you must pay close attention to the volume of training and the associated intensities – meaning, to start easy at first and work up to an optimal training program. In this manual, you will learn:

  • His methodological findings on the subject of special strength training.
  • How to improve the athlete’s skill, as well as increasing motor skill potential.
  • How to increase sport skill by raising power output in main sporting tasks.
  • His ideas of special strength preparation like the dynamic method, M-E training, interval training, isokinetic work, isometric exercises.
  • The repeated effort method and many more like the shock training, static dynamic method, and the quasi isometric to name a few.

This manual shows many jumping exercises with and without resistance. It shows how to build all types of endurance and strength training like explosive, speed, and strength speed training. It also shows how to warm up and how to overcome plateaus. If you want to increase your field events, this manual shows just how to do it.

          Yuri shows how to perform depth jumps correctly, to avoid injuries. You will learn how to connect strength training to increase sporting results while gaining technical mastery. Yuri shows how to use the conjugate-sequence system for all sports. After all, to be a high skilled athlete, may it be boxing, ball sports, track and field training, one must learn the conjugate system to find weaknesses and to make training more enjoyable to stimulate the mental training as well as the physical training for the athlete.

          It shows what box height works for explosive strength and at what height the box will build absolute strength. Westside uses mostly weighted jumps upward measured by a calculation known as momentum impulse. Westside uses 40 jumps for most athletes, two times a week – much like the volume for depth jumps.

His idea of a training method using the athlete’s body weight falling through space from a pre-determined height. The falling body becomes kinetic energy (K-E) developed on the eccentric amortization phase, followed by an active concentric work.  By looking at his work on kinetic energy and strength processes, I thought “how can I improve K-E?”

          The answer … by using band tension on the barbell. Yuri did a great job in making me think on how to improve training. Many are familiar with the special strength training manual for coaches and the fundamentals of special strength. But also special strength training, programming and organization of training quickness and velocity in sports movement, as well as the path to a scientific theory and methodology of sports training.

          What one can learn from this giant in the sports world is unmeasurable. If you want to have an edge, try Special Strength Training Manual for Coaches by Yuri and Natalia Verkhoshansky.


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