Science of Sports Performance

A Case for Specialized Exercises

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][ultimate_heading main_heading=”A Case for Specialized Exercises” heading_tag=”h1″ alignment=”center” spacer=”line_only” spacer_position=”top” spacer_img_width=”48″ line_style=”inset” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#333333″ icon_type=”selector” icon_size=”32″ icon_style=”none” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ img_width=”48″ line_icon_fixer=”10″]Using Specialized Exercises, learn how to increase your athletes ability to perform their sporting functions in the weight room.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Quick—what’s the most important job a strength and conditioning coach has? If you said, “Make athletes better at their sports,” you’re right! We’re here to make athletes better at their sport (among other things, but that’s first). So how do we do that?

Let me first present a quote by the legendary Anatoliy Bondarchuk from his bookTransfer of Training in Sports:

“Positive transfer of training means that there is a positive effect on one exercise on another. In other words, with an increase in the sports results of one exercise, a parallel increase takes place in another exercise. [With] negative transfer of training, there is always a negative interaction between the exercises being used. Here, with increased preparation in one exercise, there is a simultaneous decrease in other exercises. In neutral transfer of training, there is no increase or decrease in sports achievement. The training does not show any effect on other training.”

We want our training to have a positive transfer to sports, and we want to have an increase in the ability for the athlete to perform the specific necessary skills that come as a result of the training we’ve put them through. In addition, we want to remove negative or neutral training transfers entirely….

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Steve Olson

Steve Olson is a sports performance coach with a special interest in program design and periodization. He believes training is planning and tracking, and uses many different but effective methods of training for the short and long term development of athletes. He has trained Athletes from youth, high school, collegiate and professional, and utilizes different periodization models, training systems and modalities for each to maximize the athletic return from that athlete. He is also the owner and founder of Excel Training Designs, and can be reached at

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