Strength and conditioning specialist Joe Kenn draws upon the three strength disciplines; weightlifting, powerlifiting, and body building, as well as training principles of traditional periodization and high-intensity training, to define the “Tier System” of athletic-based strength training. The tier system promotes training athletes on a rotation of movements (total body, upper body, lower body) rather than training body parts.
The result is an integrated, “whole-body” strength training program with greater real-world and sport-appropriate applicability. The book explores an overview of the system, and provides annual plan development, training cycles, and daily and weekly plans. Ideal for coaches and trainers of football, basketball, track & field, wrestling, gymnastics and any sport requiring maximum and explosive strength.
Words of Praise
The tier system is a versatile vehicle that helped me provide a functional athletic-based training program to high school athletes. Over a four-year period at two different private schools in Atlanta, GA, the teams I worked with won over 10 state championships utilizing the tier system. The tier system, plus hardworking athletes, gave us an extra edge every day in training.
Director of Operations
Velocity Sports Performance
As the strength and conditioning coach at Emory & Henry and Wartburg College, I used the tier system methodology to create a training system that could meet all the demands of each team in our department. Our coaches and players loved it. It makes them focus on what you determine to be the most important emphasis of the session and the results follow.
Assistant Football Coach
Using the tier system approach to strength training allowed me to become more durable throughout a tough track season. This system also helped me become stronger than ever before. I give a lot of credit to my strength gains in the weight room for making me a world champion and the best long jumper in the world today.
2003 World Champion — Long Jump
This playbook represents the most in-depth and practical compilation of knowledge and professional experience I have seen concerning strength training. It will be a valuable tool for coaches, strength and conditioning professionals, and exercise science students as they learn both the theory and application of advanced training methods.
Matthew Rhea, M.S.
Instructor, Department of Exercise and Wellness
Arizona State University