Interview

Science of Speed (with Matt Jordan) via HMMR Media

From HMMR Media:

Speed is a common theme in our discussions on training. If you have listened to a few episodes you will continually hear us talking about how the effectiveness of maximal strength method is generally overestimated. In fact our second episode was about the advantages of submaximal training. But why does fast training work so well?

To help answer that we turned to Matt Jordan. Jordan is Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, where he has helped over 30 World and Olympic medalists in a variety of sports. Most recently, however, he has been best known for the outstanding strength training article series he has put together Stuart McMillan (links below) and is a must follow on Twitter at @JordanStrength.

 

Velocity in Detail (Bryan Mann) via HMMR Media

Two weeks ago, the team at HMMR Media provided an introduction to velocity-based training. It is a good primer on the topic. On this week’s podcast, HMMR Media brought in an expert: Dr. Bryan Mann.

Mann wears two hats as both a strength coach and professor at the University of Missouri. His focus is on velocity-based training and his doctoral dissertation focused on the topic. He has written extensively about the topic and continues to research. On this podcast, HMMR Media got him to cover a gauntlet of detailed questions:

  • Simple rules for implementing velocity-based training. Some of the research is complicated, but there are a few simple steps any coach can take to easily add a little value to each training session.
  • Why lifting is not just lifting. How different types of strength (starting strength, maximum strength, speed strength, etc.) need to be trained differently and how that works together with velocity based training.
  • How did he create his target velocity ranges for different exercises?
  • Do target velocity ranges need to be individualized? If so, how?
  • What is the difference between peak and average velocity? And when should each metric be used?

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Intro to Velocity Based Training via HMMR Media

Velocity-based training has been a buzz word in training circles recently as devices to measure velocity becomes cheaper and easier to use. Nick and I are often skeptics with regards to new technology, but there are some real lessons to learn when the technology relates to one of sport’s most important elements: speed. We have both started implementing velocity measurements in our training and seen some fast benefits.

What is intriguing to us is that how fast you do an exercise has a large impact on transfer. The same exercise at a different speed will elicit different adaptations. That’s why we’ve begun looking into this area.

We certainly are not experts or sports scientists in this area. But you shouldn’t have to be in order for a technology to be useful; if a new technology requires you to have a PhD then it is not of much use. That being said we do enjoy learning more about this topic and plan to have some guests on the podcsat this Fall that are experts and can share with us some more of the scientific background and research going on in this area. But this episode is a good primer on the topic and if you like it please subscribe on iTunes and give HMMR Media a positive review there. And as always check back next Monday for another new episode.

  • Some guidelines for evaluating and implementing new techonology in training.
  • Common approaches to velocity-based training.
  • How Nick and I have been implementing velocity metrics in our own training. Some of the methods we are using are not strictly velocity-based training, but rather velocity-influenced training.

Q&A with NCAA S&C Coach, Brijesh Patel

Q&A with NCAA S&C Coach, Brijesh Patel

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.