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10/16/2012 9:47:05 AM -
Great email I received about my training.

First, I want to thank James "The Thinker" Smith for reading my log and sending this to me. I am extremely fortunate to have him and many others follow my training and offer advice when they feel I might be on the wrong track.

When I receive emails like this I spend along time thinking about what I was sent and how I would and should apply the information.

9 out of 10 times I will implement the suggestions because if the person (in this case James) made a decision to take time out of their schedule to send the suggestion to me than it is VERY worth consideration.

If you have studied programing you will see exactly what James is saying and why he sent the email. If you have no clue what he is writing then use this as a clue to study and research more about programing.

Here is the email I was sent...


I saw your log post on elitefts. Consider the following:
- Blood flow is restoration
- Movement generates blood flow
- A more heavily muscled individual requires more movement to stimulate blood flow due to the muscle density
- The more heavily muscled an individual is the more their restorative measures must be active versus passive

Charlie Francis spoke about this, it's not mine.

So while your skeletal/connective tissue systems are jacked from years of hard training and require a reprieve from concentrated loading, now I'm going to use some Dan Pfaff (another phenomenal track and field coach), it is important that you do not experience what Dan refers to as chronic relieving syndrome in which too steep a drop/cessation occurs from loading. The alternative is chronic load syndrome (too much volume, intensity, density).

Dan refers to stimulation, adaptation, stabilization and actualization and how most coaches/athletes live in the realm of stimulate and adapt then go right back and repeat the process over and over. I'm sure this will look familiar to you as is does more most.

The problem is that the body/system doesn't get a chance to acclimate itself to the new, assuming the training was a success, level of operation (be it strength, power, speed, endurance, flexibility, or whatever). So you may think of stabilization as a maintenance type of phase which would then be followed by the actualization which is realized as a level of training that sensibly/conservatively puts to work the new found gains. Now, the time frames for all of this are very individual to each athlete due to training history, tolerance for loading, regenerative abilities, therapy options, pharmaceutical usage, and so on.

So have a think about whether or not you will truly benefit from a sharp decrease in the loading and consider whether it might be more sensible to 'stabilize' your system via a smoother transition in one or more elements of the training load (volume, intensity, density, as well as method of execution of the exercises themselves).

Consider a stock car race. The driver is hauling balls (loading) and has to avoid a crash so he executes some evasive maneuvering (harder stress on the car's structure), this maneuvering causes/requires deceleration in order that he is able to 'stabilize' the car's trajectory, after which he is able to re-engage (actualization) in acceleration back up to race speed where he is 'loading' again.

You have basically just avoided a crash in your training (had you crashed you would have been sidelined due to a more serious injury) so if you decrease the loading too sharply you may think of this as being stuck in the pit watching the race go by and if the pace car goes by you're fucked (if you slow down to sharply it requires way more energy to get going again)

There's a distinct reason why the joints feel like dog shit when you introduce such a sharp shift in the loading (specifically going from loading to no load) and it has everything to do with chronic relieving syndrome.

I'll bet that you will feel massively better via stabilizing, or call it whatever you want, the training load.

Let me know if this is clear and if you'd like any ideas.

James Smith
Athlete Consulting LLC

Dave Tate

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