Cluster sets: current methods for introducing variations to training sets

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Greg Haff

This session examines the current research surrounding cluster sets. The definition of cluster sets and other set structures will be explained in order to clarify the current body of scientific knowledge. Specific reference will be made to the physiological and performance responses to these novel training structures. Various examples of the way cluster sets can be used in the preparation of athletes will be presented in order to allow coaches to better understand these structures. Programming concepts that allow cluster sets to be used to magnify performance outcomes will also be presented. BIOG: Assoc Prof G Gregory Haff is the course coordinator for the postgraduate degree in Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University. He is president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and serves as a sports scientist on the Australian Weightlifting High Performance Program panel. Greg was awarded the UKSCA’s S&C Coach of the Year - Education and Research in 2014. Additionally, he was the NSCA’s William J. Kraemer Sport Scientist of the Year Award Winner in 2011 for his applied sport science research. Greg is a Level 2 Australian Strength & Conditioning Association Strength and a Level 3 Australian Weightlifting Association Coach. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with distinction, a founding fellow of the NSCA, and an accredited member of the UKSCA.

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