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Timing Resistance Training: Programming the Muscle Clock for Optimal Performance

Timing Resistance Training: Programming the Muscle Clock for Optimal Performance

by Amy Ashmore

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Since periodization training’s emergence in the 1950s, sport scientists have known that timing is one of the most critical programming variables influencing peak athletic performance. Modern research has taken the application of timing to exercise programming in a new direction, discovering the existence of time clocks inside each of the more than 600 skeletal muscles. Timing Resistance Training examines how these internal clocks use cues provided through exercise programming to regulate physiological processes for better performance.

Not just another periodization book, Timing Resistance Training teaches you how to manipulate muscle clocks to train and perform at your best every day—right down to the specific time of day that is best for your body. You will learn to view the muscles as proactive independent physiological systems that can be trained to “think” by delivering timing cues to muscles that tell them when to activate key physiological actions that influence the entire body.

Then you will learn how to cue those internal clocks with purposeful training methods like biomechanical pairing of exercises, complex training, and concurrent training. The book addresses rest as an integral training variable and explores the timing of activity–rest cycles versus recuperation only. The text also discusses the concept of undertraining, an intentional program design adjustment that uses the ability of muscle to anticipate training.

The final chapters offer tools to create your own training programs for strength, power, and flexibility. These chapters include sample single-session workouts, weekly workouts, and long-term programming routines. With Timing Resistance Training, you can become more purposeful in planning and better utilize strategic timing to get the most out of muscles clocks and achieve optimal performance.

CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Timing Resistance Training Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Timing Resistance Training With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492589990
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 06/20/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amy Ashmore holds a PhD in kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in exercise science from Florida State University. She is the author of dozens of articles, blogs, and continuing education programs recognized by National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Amy was previously on the sports sciences faculty at Florida State University and is the former program director for sports sciences and sports management at American Military University. She is an author and continuing education provider located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Table of Contents

Part I. Understand the Science of Muscle Clocks

Chapter 1. What Is a Muscle Clock?
Muscle Clocks: Description and Functions
The Master Clock
Regulation and Communication
Application to Resistance Training

Chapter 2. Overcoming Chaos, Confusion, and Interference
Molecular Competition
Interference Theory
Cardiovascular Endurance Training
Muscular Endurance
Muscle Activation Patterns
Competing Muscle Adaptations
Cardiovascular Training Interferes With Resistance Training
Interference Mechanisms
Avoiding Interference
Resistance-Trained Athletes
High-Intensity Interval Training, Sleep, and Athletes
Evidence From Aerobic Endurance Athletes
Time of Day
Programming Summary

Part II. Learn the Tools for Exercise Programming

Chapter 3. Muscle Clocks’ Need for Cues and Recovery
Environmental Cues
Activity–Rest Patterns
Physiological Cues
Exercise Training and Programming

Chapter 4. Applying Biomechanical Similarity to Resistance and Plyometric Exercises
Biomechanical Similarity
Exercise Categories

Part III. Create Effective Training Programs

Chapter 5. Training Muscles to Think and Anticipate
Motor Learning Influences
Sample Program
Programming Summary Statements
Age-Related Declines in Anticipation

Chapter 6. Undertraining to Maximize Performance
Training Load
Intentional Undertraining
New Approach to Muscle IQ
Rationales for Undertraining
Benefits of Undertraining
Differentiated Programming

Chapter 7. Using Muscle Clocks to Train for Strength
Paired Exercise Resistance Training Model
Resistance Training Programming
Resistance Exercise Pairing Routines
Sample Workouts

Chapter 8. Using Muscle Clocks to Train for Power
Complex Training
Complex Training Programming
Resistance and Plyometric Exercise Pairing Routines
Sample Workouts

Chapter 9. Using Muscle Clocks for Concurrent Training
Concurrent Training
Competing Mechanisms
Using Muscle Clocks to Avoid Interference in Programming
Cardiovascular Programming to Improve Resistance Training Outcomes
Programming Summary Statements

Chapter 10. Using Muscle Clocks to Improve Flexibility
Flexibility and Muscle Performance
Types of Stretching
Muscle Pliability Is a Timing Cue
Muscle Length
Strength and Power Stimulus
Recovery Aid
Flexibility Programming
Programming Summary Statements


Strength and conditioning professionals, athletic trainers, personal trainers, and physical therapists who work with athletes; also performance athletes with advanced knowledge of training.

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