All Articles & Reviews by
Karsten Jensen

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Karsten Jensen is a Strength and Conditioning Coach based in Ontario, Canada. He's also the author of books such as The Flexible Periodization Method, Best Butt on the Beach and The Magnificient 35.

Swing by his blog for regular updates on strength-training, conditioning, and program creation.

You can also find him on Google+, and in discussions such as Gymchat 190 - Olympic Lifting, Gymchat 224 - The Future of Fitness (Roundtable) and Gymchat 240 - Periodization.

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Do You Believe in the Human Potential?

Karsten Jensen.
I believe that we are about to see a BIG CHANGE in the methods used in strength and conditioning. The best coaches and athletes will start to pull in methods from outside our field and start applying within our field.


Progressive Distance Training

Karsten Jensen.
This article is an excerpt from the book: The Flexible Periodization Method. Enjoy.
The main purpose of Progressive Distance Training is to improve 1RM in lifts such as squats, deadlifts, bench press or military press. Progressive distance training has been used by legends like Paul Anderson, Peary Rader and Bob Peoples. Progressive distance training is related to supra-maximal eccentric training, in the sense that supporting structures of the body, like grip, core, bones and tendons get exposed to loads beyond 1RM. Unless specifically addressed, a weakness of progressive distance may be a lack of stimulation of strength in the bottom position of a movement (typically the most challenging part).


The Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When You Create a Periodized Training Program

Karsten Jensen.
This article is an excerpt from the book: The Flexible Periodization Method. Enjoy.
How do I know that these are the Top 5 Mistakes? I know that these are the Top 5 Mistakes, because I and many other trainers and coaches I have conferred with have made them! Mistakes are a natural part of learning and only count as true mistakes if you keep repeating them.


Specific Method Variations for the Early Phase of a Macrocycle

Karsten Jensen.
Here is an excerpt from my book: The Flexible Periodization Method; covering specific methods to use in the early phases of a macro cycle. Note how the optimal use of combination exercises can give a unique combination of medium-high loads and long duration sets.



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