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Modern Art of High Intensity Training

by Aurelien Broussal-Derval and Stephane Ganneau Human Kinetics
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A book on high intensity training should deliver an impact equal to the training itself. Lucky for you, this one does.

The Modern Art of High Intensity Training is sport and strength, movement and passion. It is a guide like no other. From the stunning artwork to the 127 workouts, it’s designed to be a difference maker. Whether you use this resource as a supplement to an existing training program, or replace a program that has become tired and stale, you’ll view and use this book time and time again.

See high intensity training in an entirely new light. You’ll find 40 exercises, each detailed and depicted with art, photos, and modifications; 127 workouts and circuits to mix things up; warm-up, safety, and injury prevention recommendations; and—if you’re up to the challenge—an original 15-week program.

The Modern Art of High Intensity Training has everything you need and want in a workout program. Change, variety, inspiration, motivation, challenge, and results—it’s rendered and written and delivered to you on every page. So now is the time. Make an impact.

Why You Need a Program to Be Successful

Using Training Fundamentals as a Starting Point

Principle 1: Progression

Principle 2: Continuity

Principle 3: Variety

Principle 4: Nonlinearity

Principle 5: Load and Recovery

What You Should Know About Physiology

The Energy Continuum

Quick, Energy!

Lactate Is at the Heart of Energy Production

What About Recovery?

Adjusting the Intensity

Using Time Under Tension to Adjust the Load

Things That Interfere With Training

Rule 1: Prioritize the Work

Rule 2: Work Out in the Right Order

Rule 3: Avoid Bad Combinations

Combinations That Work

How to Use This Book

The Warm-Up

Basic Warm-Up Reminders

How to Plan a Warm-Up

Principles to Keep in Mind

Essential Parts of the Warm-Up

(1) General Warm-Up

(2) Auxiliary Warm-Up

(3) Specific Warm-Up

Specific High Intensity Training Routines

Technical Foundation

Foundational Exercises

Clean and Jerk





Workout—Clean and Jerks

Sandbag Clean


Tire Clean

Workout—Tire Cleans



Kettlebell Variations

Workout—Kettlebell Snatches

Workout—Kettlebell Cleans

Bent-Over Row

Workout—Bent-Over Rows

Basic Athletic Exercises


Different Types of Squats

Anatomy Reminders

How Far Should You Go Down in a Squat?

Squat Mythology

Range of Motion and Performance

Squat Technique


Front Squat

Workout—Front Squats

Overhead Squat

Workout—Overhead Squats



One-Legged (Bulgarian Split) Squat

Workout—One-Legged Squats

Pistol Squat (Air Squat on One Leg)

Workout—Pistol Squats

Workout—Mixed Squats

Landmine Squat

Landmine Obliques

Workouts—Landmine Squats

Bench Press

Workout—Bench Presses

Bench Press With Dumbbells or Kettlebells

Workout—Bench Presses With Dumbbells or Kettlebells



Kettlebell Swing

Workout—Kettlebell Swings



Straight-Leg Deadlift

Workout—Straight-Leg Deadlifts

Sumo Deadlift

Workout—Sumo Deadlifts



Bodyweight Exercises

Foundation for Pull-Ups


Archer Pull-Up

Workout—Archer Pull-Ups

Open-Hand (Clapping) Pull-Up

Workout—Clapping Pull-Ups


Rope Climbing








Clapping Push-Up

Workout—Clapping Push-Ups

Explosive Push-Up

Double Knee Tuck Push-Up

Aztec Push-Up

Superman Push-Up

Workout—Explosive Push-Ups

Battle Ropes

Workout—Battle Ropes



Core Exercises



Toes to Bar

Workout—Toes to Bars

Turkish Get-Up

Workout—Turkish Get-Ups

Barbell Ab Rollout

Workout—Barbell Ab Rollouts


Running Techniques

A Total-Body Approach to Running Mechanics

Parameters of Running

Mechanics of Stride Adaptation


The 15-Week Modern Art Program

Phase 1—Fundamentals

Phase 2—Structural Development

Phase 3—Intensify

Phase 4—Optimize

Aurélien Broussal-Derval holds master’s degrees in strength and conditioning, sport and rehabilitation, and performance engineering. He also has a degree in sport sciences from the National Institute of Sport and Physical Education (INSEP) in Paris, France. He is the author of French best-sellers Modern Physique Training, Judo Physique Training, Proprioception, and Field Tests: Protocols for Measuring Sport Performance. Broussal-Derval’s career as a strength and conditioning coach is highlighted by his training of Olympic medalists, professional athletes, the French Olympic weightlifting team, the French boxing teams, and the British and Russian judo teams. He currently leads research for France Volleyball and is technical director to one of the world’s premier martial arts studios, the prestigious Cercle Tissier in Vincennes. Broussal-Derval lives in Paris.

Stéphane Ganneau is a professional illustrator and graphic designer. After training in applied arts in Nantes, France, he launched his career in advertising and product design. After 15 years, Ganneau’s independent spirit, need for creativity, and desire for challenge drew him away from industry work. He now merges his love for illustration with his passion for strength training. His strong graphics, expressive lines, and vibrant colors result is a distinctive style that pairs perfectly with The Modern Art of High Intensity Training.