Edwards training according to what I was told was designed to have more effective and efficient training with rest, allowing for big jumps. As a triple jumper the body has been beat on and one of two things have to change, the intensity in training either decreases or the competitions decrease. In order to do this something has to give. Just because you are in the weight room for a limited amount of time doesn’t mean you wont get results and just because you are in the weight room all day doesn’t mean you will.
That training program is accurate as i have seen it in the NSA article by Carl Johnson (his coach)..Upto 1995 his used the squat also and had squatted 235kg but drped it in 1995 and just used oly and bench press..Here is some text regarding his training from the article by Carl Johnson(cant get a link)
The idea that training for maximum strength
did not inhibit the development of power was an
entirely new concept to me, and intrigued me
greatly. The proposition was supported by two
other preeepts, the first of which was well known
a) the attainment of absolute musele exhaustion
was necessary for the achievement of
maximal strength Improvement, brought
about through increased cross-sectional
musele size (hypertrophy) and as the result of
working 12 set loads of between 75% to 85%
of maximum, and…
b) maximum strength is also improved by:
– the activation of the greatest number of
muscle fibres at anyone time,
– whieh is best achieved by working at 95%
of maximum plus,
– for between 1 to 3 reps,
– in explosive efforts,
– in a fatigue free state, and
– without resulting in hypertrophy.
It was also inferred that much of the training
effect in “b” (30%) was neurological – involving
the improvement of the nervous control which
brought about muscle contraction and recruitment.
To my mind the opportunities inherent in
°b” for us were considerable:
– activation of the maximum number of
muscle fibres at any one time,
– the potential for training neural involvement,
– the potential to Improve elastic strength
– without hypertrophy (see weight change In
Table 2), and all attainable in the weight
My interpretation of what SCHMIDTBLEICHER and
his colleagues suggested took me along the following
route, influenced by past experiences of
my own, in which talented athletes had benefited
from training with weights twice a week rather
than 3 times a week or more, The result of this
was that, for the next 2 or 3 years, we worked
quite rigidly to the following routine during preparation
II of training
a) Tuesday: Power snatches, power cleans (somelimes
clean and jerk) and half squats; 1 set of
10 repetitions to complete exhaustion. The
lifts were chosen because (with the exception
of squats) they were capable of being executed
explosively. Further to this, I did not
see the point of attempting more sets following
rest, if complete exhaustion had been
attained by the 9th or 10th repetition of the
1st set. My reason for this was nothing more
than ‘”gut feeling”.
b) Saturday: Power snatches, power cleans
(sometimes clean and jerk) and half squats; 6
single lifts starting al 95% maximum, reaching
maximum by lift 4 and progressing to
maximum (+) and over (++), the final 2 lifts
in the following way:
• 1st lift @ 95% maximum followed by 4-6min rest.
• 2nd lift® 95% maximum followed by 4-6min resl.
• 3rd lift @ 95% maximum followed by 4-6min rest.
• 4th lift @ioo% maximum followed by 4-6min rest
• 5tti lift @ 100% t maximum followed by 4-6min rest.
• 6th lift @100% ++ maximum.
If the athlete was off form, or unwell, the session
was terminated al the 4th lift.
During 1990 and 1991 this structure was retained
right through Preparation 11 into the Competitinn
phase of training (May/June) i.e. for
some 18 to 24 weeks.
The progression, through a single periodised
year, was that from October to December he
went through through a gradual, conventional
build up, increasing lifting quality and reducing
volume through to the turn of the year. Thereafter,
4 to 6 weeks of short pyramids (4-3-2-1)
bridged into the “maximal strength” work.
In 1992, because he had time available, we
tried a modification, whereby he did one or two
lifts daily. We tried this in an attempt to avoid
the accumulated faligue which always affects
lifting quality over the later lifts in a session. It
was not unsuccessful, nor was it outstandingly
successful, measured subjectively.
As the years have gone by he has moved towards
extending the length of lime when he lifts
4×4 reps and short pyramids, and reducing the
lengTh of time when he has worked on 6 singles.
10 reps to exhaustion have gone out of the routine
over the past two or maybe three years. The
decision to do this was taken by Jonalhan himself
Some athletes are very good at self monitoring,
and Jonathan in one of these. He is trusted
to do this effectively.
In 1995, under the influence of a power lifter
with whom he trains, he has spent more time
lifting 3×3 reps, buT this still represents 9 lifts at
above 95% of maximum as opposed to the 6 that
I advised. It is not greatly different.
His running programme has been equally intensive,
the result of his own aversion to anything
extensive more than anything else. Over
the years he resisted any effort on my part to get
him to run anything greater than 200m, I got
him to run up to 6 repetitions of 200m by about
1990. Since then he has rarely run the distance.
As you will see from his 1995 programme, anything
above 100 m was a rarity.
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