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A.S. Prilepin was the first to research the optimum training load for each weightlifting exercise of the weightlifter’s workouts. His scientific and practical application experiments lead to his development of an effective training method for weightlifters of various qualifications, including juniors and senior members of the national teams. The features of this method are as follows:
1) a significantly higher intensity of loading in which the most effective lifts are with near limit weights;
2) the application of the optimum number of sets and repetitions with a fundamental weight within a workout, varied in individual exercises, workouts, and periods of training.
The organizational methodological achievements of A.S. Prilepin, inculcated into the training of the national teams, are connected with a unified, scientifically substantiated method of planning. Prilepin also developed the creation of a cadre of coaches, independent of the athletes’ personal coaches, and a selection of a varied group of sport scientists, all of whom were involved in perfecting the training process.
Of the nationals teams (1975 – 1985), Soviet weightlifters had their greatest success with A.S. Prilepin at the helm.