History of Progressive Resistance

History of Progressive Resistance Toward the end of WWII, America's military hospitals were overwhelmed with orthopedic injuries. Because the therapies practiced during those days involved lengthy recovery times, army physician Dr. Thomas L. DeLorme began testing a new rehabilitation technique that had helped him overcome a childhood illness.

An article published in the NSCA's Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research reports that the system Dr. DeLorme introduced in 1945 employed multiple sets of resistance training with the load set to a patient's 10 rep max. In 1948, he refined the system to include 3 sets of progressively heavier loads and called the program Progressive Resistance Exercise. The text he published in 1951 entitled Progressive Resistance Exercise: Technique and Medical Application served as the foundation for resistance exercise as we know it today.

True Strength Moment: It wasn't all that long ago that weight training was frowned upon by coaches of high school, college and professional athletes. They felt it would leave players too muscle-bound, unable to harness the agility required for on-field success. When you look at what athletes are accomplishing with weight training today, those assumptions appear very short-sighted. For a demanding high intensity short rest protocol, see today's Performance Blog at ABBperformance.com
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