With any sport, or activity, context matters. So before discussing the “how” and “why” of Beach Volleyball, let’s first get a bit of context with “what” are the physical demands of training and competition.
We live in the age of “Big Data.” Information floods our lives on an ongoing basis. And in the training world that means wearables and trackers giving us the ability to collect our own “big data.” Side note…the largest fitness show is now the CES (consumer electronics show) where an entire floor is dedicated to fitness wearables and according to Forbes 125.5 million devices were estimated to be shipped in 2017. Big deal this big data.
Now I will come out and say that I am a bit data averse and that over the years beyond a heart rate monitor I have not successful integrated “big data” into my training. But I may have found something that is changing my mind.
Often regarded as the ‘most challenging 2 minutes in sports’, the SCOTT FireFit Championship is a test designed to challenge a firefighter’s physical capability, mental resilience, and oxidative capacity. To thrive as a competitor in this arena is to learn to master the ability to control the variables at hand with precision.
The advantages of quantifying velocity and effort for athletic performance are clear, but the benefits that gym-based athlete monitoring concepts bring to personal training programs are equally as impactful. Chris Grayson, the owner of the Urban Strength Institute in Chicago has incorporated PUSH into his daily training environment, reaping the benefits wearable technology and electronically tracking client progress, taking his facility to the next level.
Combat sports have rapidly grown over the last decade with the mainstream push from the mixed-martial arts world combined with the recent re-emergence of boxing. To accompany this growth, more expertise is being added to fighter’s teams. Strength and conditioning coaches are being included despite the historical normality of the technical coach taking on the role. Besides managing overall load, recovery, and a crazy schedule that a fighter presents, quantifying performance improvements isn’t always an easy task. Regardless of physical improvements, the most important stat to a fighter is always his or her wins and losses.