Improving an athlete’s performance on the field is the ultimate goal of every strength coach. Although there are many effective training programs, some are based on old methods that fail to maximize an athlete’s performance. If you want to be on the cutting-edge of strength and conditioning, read Triphasic Training: A Systematic Approach to Elite Speed and Explosive Strength Performance, by Cal Dietz and STACK expert Ben Peterson.
The innovative triphasic training method breaks down the three components of an athletic movement: the eccentric, isometric and concentric phases. Coaches and athletes often focus only on the concentric phase, placing little or no emphasis on the other two, both of which are essential components of force production. The triphasic method unlocks force production by specifically training the eccentric and isometric phases. It's not about max strength in the weight room. It’s about producing high-speed force athletes need on the field or in the rink.
Peterson and Dietz go to great lengths to explain the fundamentals of their philosophy. They use scientific data acquired from their research to explain the considerations behind the development of their system. Reviewing the plethora of charts and graphs they provide, it’s easy to understand their logic and how the triphasic method affects performance compared to traditional training methods.
We enjoyed the authors' systematic approach, which will prepare you to implement a progressive and multi-phase training program. Peterson and Dietz provide thorough exercise descriptions and make specific recommendations regarding intensity and volume. Some concepts depart from traditional training ideas and methodology; however, the authors back up all of their recommendations with well-researched data.
Triphasic Training: A Systematic Approach to Elite Speed and Explosive Strength Performance is a great read for any strength coach—or any athlete who is well-versed in strength training concepts. This well-written and enjoyable book presents cutting-edge strength training science, which you can use to improve your performance.
Triphasic Training is available on XLAthlete.com for $39.95. To learn more about triphasic training, check out Peterson's four-part series on STACK.com:
The Importance of Triphasic Training, Part 1, Introduction
The Importance of Triphasic Training, Part 2, The Eccentric Phase
The Importance of Triphasic Training, Part 3, The Isometric Phase
The Importance of Triphasic Training, Part 4, The Concentric Phase