Contrast Training 101: Every Athlete Should Know This Technique

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What if I told you that you could become stronger, more explosive and leaner, all while spending less time at the gym than you currently do?

Would you be interested?

Enter contrast training. Contrast training is simple: You perform a strength exercise and pair that with an unresisted to lightly-resisted power movement similar to the strength movement you performed. Examples are a Deadlift paired with a Broad Jump, or Bench Press paired with a Medicine Ball Chest Pass.

How Does Contrast Training Work?

Contrast training allows for increased muscle recruitment for your primary movement, allowing you to lift heavier during your sets. When you perform a heavy set of Deadlifts and then perform Broad Jumps, you’re telling your brain to send more help. When you send more support, you’re improving the movement pattern, which will increase strength and allow your body to handle a heavier load.

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Kyle Andersen¬† Kyle Andersen is the Head Performance Coach at Athletic Movement Protocol in Syosset, New York. He graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s degree in fitness development. He then went on to receive his CSCS and Pn1 Nutrition Coach Certification. Kyle is focused on the long-term athletic development.