Mini Study: 8 Second Dead Hang Work Intervals “May” Outperform 4 Second Dead Hang Work Intervals for Increasing Finger Strength

By Rob Shaul   BLUF We conducted a 4-Week Mini study comparing the effectiveness of two hang board dead hang duration intervals (4 seconds vs. 8 seconds) to increase finger strength assessed by a dead hang for time. Results “seem” to indicate the 8-second intervals were more effective, but they are suspect because the 4-second […]

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Mini Study: Inconclusive Results on the Best Way to Improve Mobility…. Patterning vs. Flexibility vs. Combo

By Rob Shaul   BLUF We conducted a mini-study comparing three exercise protocols to improve overhead squat mobility. Exercise Protocols: Patterning Only Exercises Flexibility Only Exercises (stretching) Combo – Patterning and Flexibility Exercises Several athletes demonstrated improved overhead squat mobility over the course of the 6-week cycle, however, no exercise protocol stood out as providing […]

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Mini Study Results: Heavy Loading, Low Volume Beats Moderate Loading, Moderate Volume for Increasing Strength in Female Athletes

By Rob Shaul, Founder Background & Study Design We just finished a “geek cycle” at MTI which tested two different set/rep schemes for increasing 1RM strength in female athletes. Anecdotally, in coaching strength sessions with women over the years at MTI, I’ve seen that in general, women are hesitant to push 1RM efforts. There could […]

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“Geek Cycle” Researching Female Set/Rep Schemes for 1RM Strength, Best Way To Improve Mobility, Campus Board Progressions

By Rob Shaul, Founder We started a triple purpose 6-week “geek cycle” with our local lab rats mid-December at our Wyoming Facility aimed at researching three distinct areas:   (1) Female Set/Rep Schemes for 1RM Strength Until this cycle, we’ve never looked at female strength programming separately, and in our research, could not find another […]

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Mini Study: Inconclusive Results on Varying Energy Gel Dosage and Carb/Fat/Protein Supplement Recipe Mix for Loaded Event Performance

By Rob Shaul   BLUF We conducted a mini-study to identify a recommended energy supplement dosage and/or recipe for extended loaded movement, but our results were inconclusive.   Background Much research has been completed, and entire nutritional supplement companies created around developing optimal event nutrition for long, unloaded, endurance events such as ultramarathons, triathlons, and […]

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