What is Strength Speed?

Westside Barbell
Tue Oct 15, 2019

What is Strength Speed?

Strength Speed is trained at slow velocity. For more, look at Hill’s Equation. Look at the force-velocity relation, which states that motion velocity decreases as external resistance increases. Remember Maximum Force (Fmm) is attained when velocity is small.
For training Strength Speed, a combination of high band tension plus barbell weight is used. One must use a higher amount of band tension compared to barbell weight.
Here’s an example: A max squat of 600 pounds would call for using 375 pounds of band tension at lockout with a possible barbell load of 300 pounds. It adds up to 675 pounds at lockout. Any time you exceed the barbell weight over band tension you must use a higher rate of band tension. Always have strong tension at the bottom.


For more information, go to Mel Siff’s SuperTraining, pp. 145 and 409; both
Combinations of Resistance Methods and Science and Practice of Strength Training by V. M.
Zatsiorsky; and Westside Barbell’s 32 men who have squatted over 1000 pounds.

 

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