Descriptions of Resistance Training Systems
There are a number of different training systems and theories that are currently used for resistance training. They each have different advantages and disadvantages. In a recent position statement by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM, 1998), the following statement was used as a general training recommendation:.“Resistance training should be progressive in nature, individualized, and provide a stimulus to all major muscle groups. One set of 8-10 exercises that conditions the major muscle groups 2-3 days per week is recommended. Multiple set regiments may provide greater benefits if time allows. Most persons should complete 8-12 repetitions of each exercise.” (P. 976)..
This guideline is designed for the general population. Some individuals .may benefit from the many other training systems available for resistance .training. Click icon to see text descriptions of the various training .systems available for resistance training.
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The goal in resistance training is to provide an optimal overload to the muscles (and enough) rest so that they can adapt and get stronger. A variety of resistance training systems have been developed. There are various theories and approaches that advocate one system over another but it is difficult to scientifically compare each of the different systems since it is difficult to remove other potential biases and to standardize the workout regimens in an equitable manner.
Individuals are encouraged to experiment with the various approaches and to even alternate the use of different systems in their training program to provide varying training stimulus. The descriptions provided in the attached file will help you make decisions about what training system is best for your needs.