For years the promise was too good to be true: You only needed to show up and train the way you felt that day and everything would work out in the end. Simply by listening to your body, you could adjust training according to how you felt and achieve positive results by some sort of mind-body connection. Auto-regulation, or cybernetic periodization, is making another round of interest because of velocity based training (VBT) and immediate feedback. Cybernetic periodization sounds cool, is cool, and if done right it works.
The advancements in the (micro) technology and analytics achieved that their accessibility and affordability to the average gym goer increased tremendously in the last couple of years. Everything started with live HR measurements, and eventually resulted in the GPS watches and activity trackers, as well as barbell/body velocity trackers such as the PUSH device.
Focusing on the velocity trackers, the big question is what can one expect in the years (or maybe months) to come? In short, my opinion would be, besides improving precision and cost, the most important advancement would be in making things more actionable. By actionable I am referring to making sense of the data in a way that the user can easily make decisions based on them and thus avoid being confused with the stream of information and nice charts. Maybe the software can help him make decision? Through advancements in machine learning fields and artificial intelligence I believe that this is very likely.
We have an awesome guest on the PUSH Podcast this week - Chris Merritt. Chris transformed his body (and his life) through strength training. Listen to his story and learn how he went from working at Subway to owning a successful performance facility. Other topics that Chris touches on include FMS, HRV and where he sees technology's role in the weight room.
Why does Lebron James have a 40" vertical? How come goalies in the NHL can do the splits like world-class gymnasts? Yes there may be some genetic factors at play here but ask any athlete and they'll tell you that it's taken years of focused training to get to their level. Do you have a clear focus for your training? If not, it may be a good idea to take a page out of their book and start. And guess what, PUSH is here to help.
This week, we’re going to show you how easy it is to use the PUSH app to switch your training focus and we’ll briefly outline why specific exercises are associated with a specific training type.
We have a special guest today, strength coach Brijesh Patel from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Brijesh was an early PUSH user - he joined our PUSH Labs beta program at the beginning of 2014. As an experienced strength & conditioning coach, his feedback was invaluable. Keep reading today to learn from a seasoned collegiate coach - someone that has worked in the field for many years.