Follow Up to Webinar question..

Institute of Motion Forums General Follow Up to Webinar question..

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    • #8600
      Eugene Reynolds

      DP and Michol –

      Just had a follow up question regarding training acceleration vs deceleration – I understand the points you made in the webinar for sure, but I was wondering if you are training acceleration first – muscles are acting, can teach and gain muscular coordination/competency and its not as neurologically demanding – all yes – but HOW do you do that?

      Any acceleration exercise – ie – you accelerate any direction, you eventually must stop or decelerate – whereas if you take a person, even though muscles are being acted upon and its more neurologically demanding, you can train, with the right dosage, deceleration exercises that have little to no acceleration – depth jumps, drop catch exercises etc.

      In other words, you can train deceleration specifically as a prep for acceleration and plyometrics etc, but can you train acceleration only?

      But, I guess you are just making the point that is still safer, more comfortable and easier for someone to work with acceleration first, relative to their level, than to first expose them to deceleration? Its always relative and depends I know, but if a client does a solid strength program – foundation and on up, my goal as a coach, would be to have them competent and strong enough to handle the demands of deceleration and once they develop there, you could have some fun pushing acceleration and the lot.



      Thanks in advance



    • #8602
      Eugene Reynolds

      And yes – I also understand you must accelerate in order to decelerate so you cannot completely isolate these capacities – they are linked, but it just seems like a more gentle, safer intro to power (practicing controlled decel) before being explosive and accelerating. ha, my mind is just running at the moment:)

    • #8801
      Derrick Price

      Hey Eugene, thanks for posting this. If you take a look at my community workout in Week 8, you’ll see examples of how we can accelerate with little emphasis on Deceleration. In other words, we focus on acceleration with little emphasis on trying to stop on a dime and create an environment where the deceleration component is lessened greatly or completely removed (I discuss this in Week 9 curriculum, i.e. acceleration in the Pool!).

      Think of the Triple Jump. We accelerate with little emphasis on landing mechanics and create an environment where the body can land safely (a sand pit). That’s where true acceleration comes into play. If the nervous system has to worry about decelerating you, then you’ll hold back on maximizing your acceleration abilities. So then are you really improving acceleration?

      Another example, think of accelerating sprinting…You sprint for 20-40 yards all out, but you give the person a runaway that is 100 yards so they can slowly decelerate the momentum they generated.

      So to summarize, an individual can much easily regulate the forces placed on the body in acceleration than in deceleration which is why we recommend Accel first before Decel. You can certainly choose to program different than our recommendations, but at least you can see our POV on it. Thanks Eugene!

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