Why is conventional weight training so negative?

  • Conventional weight training increases non-essential muscle contractions, which do not contribute to specific stability or mobility.
  • Muscle relaxation time decreased markedly as the athlete’s skill improves. The best athletes look like they are not even trying, because they are only utilizing appropriate muscles.
  • Dynamic, integrated, whole body movement sequences are commonplace with elite athletes, because the nervous system only stimulates the appropriate muscle firing and relaxes the inappropriate muscles. In conventional weight lifting, more tension is thought to be better, but the inappropriate tension on opposing muscle groups interferes with the body’s ability to have integrative, coordinated, fast movements. One muscle group need to be stimulated, while the opposing muscle group needs to be relaxed. If both the agonist and the antagonist (the opposing muscle groups) are stimulated at the same time, then you have “gridlock”, which depreciates speed and power.
  • Conventional weight training destroys optimal nervous system function- maximum frequency of movements depends on the efficiency of the nervous system stimulating and inhibiting muscles.

Why does conventional weightlifting lend itself to injury?

  • Rapidly employed loads strengthen the tendons and ligaments. Plyometric loading utilizes elastic energy from tendons and ligaments, which increases power and actually strengthens the joints. Weightlifting is too slow and thus, is counterproductive because it put undo pressure on the joints, ligaments and tendons.

Why are squats problematic?

  • The first cause is because there is a bar positioned across the neck and spine, with inadequate core or muscular equilibrium, which provides the foundation for supporting that type of resistance. Plus, improper technique (e.g., rounding the back, and poor knee tracking) is tantamount to serious injury.
  • When a squat is executed, the weight is distributed on the heels. There is no sport where an athlete is taught to be on his or her heels.
  • Deep squats place inappropriate stretch to the knee and hip joints and surrounding tendons and place the athlete at risk for injury.
  • Accomplishments with the squat have nothing to do with running speed, quickness, power, agility or jumping, except from a negative standpoint. Training must duplicate the speed of sport. Squatting does not.
  • Squatting is the source of neck, spine and knee injuries to epidemic proportions.
  • Muscular equilibrium (or muscle balance) is an important aspect in training for sport. Squats put the legs out of muscular balance and set the body up for injury. Most hamstring injuries are caused by muscle imbalance and training at a slow rate. If an athlete has to run in an explosive manner, and has trained slowly, the speed of contraction is too slow and he cannot accelerate without pulling the hamstring. Consequently, injury occurs. An athlete should train as fast as his or her sport requires, and should combine simultaneous stretch and strengthening to the muscles.

Why are bench presses problematic?

  • Bench presses are slow with and, even with lighter weight; the limb speed is still too slow to duplicate sports movement.
  • It is difficult to utilize all three types of muscular work- concentric positive, eccentric negative and isometric holding, when executing a bench press.
  • The position of the hands, elbows and shoulders when executing a bench press are too inflexible. In sports, the hand, elbow and shoulder have to produce the force on different planes of motion and in different rotational aspects and positions.

Why are “power cleans” problematic?

  • Power cleans should not be attempted without a full core strengthening program as the foundation.
  • Power cleans are too “linear”. What sport requires only linear up and down movement?
  • Power cleans place undue pressure on the shoulders, elbows and wrists and back.
  • Coaches use power cleans as a method of evaluating power, which forces athletes to lift weight beyond their capabilities and risk injury.
  • Power cleans do not provide avenues for rotational force that involve the feet, hips, shoulders or arms that duplicate integrated sports movement.

The speed of muscular contraction diminishes as the load increases, which means that heaviest is not the best for optimum athleticism. The best athletes don’t necessarily have the biggest muscles or lift the heaviest weights, but produce the greatest force, by utilizing high speed of muscle contraction, elastic energy (the relaxing of the extended muscles along with the contraction of the moving muscles) and neuromuscular efficiency- coordination, rhythm, and timing.

This information and expertise is the result of the systematic testing and evaluation of approximately 5,000 elite athletes throughout the U.S. over the last 40 years. It has been well documented, with Marv’s athletes, that a combination of isokinetic resistance and plyometric loading stimulates the neuromuscular system well beyond traditional weight lifting. This produces advancements in strength, speed, power, vertical jump, lateral movement, and gains in muscle mass, and reduces the risk of injury, well beyond traditional methodology.