Program variations – Ashley Jones

Author Ashley Jones

From reading various posts over the last few weeks I thought I would add this to the mix for comment and consideration, an attempt to train at various positions along the force velocity continuum to ensure that all aspects of strength are trained concurrently, particularly in light of posts in reference to post activation potentiation and the development of lower body power and strength.


Select from any of the following as a primer or post the next category a la my favourite all time training video of Swiss (from memory) Shot putter Werner Gunthor (spelling ?) (see you tube),

4 – 6 sets of 6 reps:

Depth jump variations; to vertical jump, to horizontal jump, onto another box

Box Jumps from standing or seated on another box

Repeat hurdle or box jumps

Knees to feet jump variations; with a bar in a back squat, snatch or clean start position or with DB’s in hands or unloaded with arm swing or without ie; hands on hips or behind neck

Super set this with

Speed/Strength (25% – 40% loading – light and fast) 4 – 6 sets of 6 reps

Select from any of the following:

Blocks with bar set at knee height; cleans or snatches or pulls

Reactive jump squats with bar or kettle bells (KB)

DB or KB swings

Strength/Speed (60% – 80% – actual or attempted acceleration) 6 – 8 sets of 3 to 6 reps

Select from any of the following:

Snatch or Clean or Pulls from the floor

Band, chain or weight release Box Squats

Band Dead lifts

Maximal Strength (80+% – Marsh protocols, or waves, clusters, 3 week loading cycle, changing each session)

Choose one from each of the two categories:

Squat options and Hamstring/Lower Back options: whatever you have available in your gym, in our gym we can do the following:

Download here! Chart

Damian Marsh Protocols

Either within the one workout or over a period of weeks, changing each week

Set 1: 1 x 6 @ 77.5% – 82.5%

Set 2: 1 x 3/3 @ 82.5% – 87.5% .

Set 3: 1 x 2/2/2 @ 87.5% – 92.5%

Set 4: 1 x 1/1/1/1/1/1 @ 92.5% – 97.5%

Hope you find something of interest within this article, again any errors of logic are mine and mine alone, cheers, ashley

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones specialist in the physical preparation of rugby athletes. He has worked with professional sports teams that include Sydney Kings, Newcastle Knights, Parramatta Eels, Northern Eagles, Crusaders, New Zealand All Blacks, and Australian Wallabies. Irish by Ancestry, Australian by Birth, Japanese by Accident and a Kiwi by Choice.

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