Conjugate method

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The conjugate method is a multi-faceted method of rotating and linking special exercises that are close in nature to one another.

Description of the method[edit]

The most common template for this method revolves around three methods of weight training used in conjunction with one another. These three methods are:

  • Overcoming maximal resistance that causes maximal or near maximal muscle tension (maximal effort method).
  • Using considerably less than maximal resistance until fatigue causes one to fail (repeated effort method).
  • Using sub maximal weights accompanied by maximal speed (dynamic method).

When lifters repeatedly use the same simple method of training to raise their strength level, they will eventually stall. Like the scholar who must utilize many sources of information to achieve a higher level of knowledge, the lifter must incorporate new and more difficult exercises to raise their standards.

Louie Simmons (of Westside Barbell)

Purpose of the Conjugate Method[edit]

The purpose of the Conjugate Method is to handle max lifts while still allowing the muscle to have ample recovery, in turn avoiding overtraining the central nervous system (CNS). The "Conjugate Method" does this by using a complex method of rotating special exercises that are close in nature, to the power lifts.