Sport Science

A New Approach to Monitor Training Volume

A New Approach to Monitor Training Volume

While VBT (velocity based training) is a great way to monitor workouts on a day to day basis and adjust training loads based on how you’re feeling in a particular session, it doesn’t always provide a picture of what’s happening over time. Traditionally, strength training has been quantified in different ways. Here are a few examples:

Velocity Based Training by Mike Young, PhD

Velocity Based Training by Mike Young, PhD

As a coach who has kept one foot in the world of sports science research and the other in hands on training, I understand the importance of textbook quantifiable means and methods for creating an overload to spur continued adaptation. That said, I also recognize the benefits of having flexibility to manipulate training variables and having alternative methods of applying and monitoring overload. This helps with adjusting to varying real-world issues and logistical concerns.

Lifting Heavy May Kill Your Game, Add Speed on Your Lifts Instead

Lifting Heavy May Kill Your Game, Add Speed on Your Lifts Instead

In this day and age, it’s hard to find a coach who doesn’t want their athlete to get stronger, faster and more explosive - sport has evolved in such a way that power is king. We’ve had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of strength coaches over the past 2 years and although strength is necessary and important, there seems to be common theme, they don’t necessarily care if their athletes can lift a million pounds. In fact, if a pro athlete was only looking at getting stronger, this could hinder their performance rather than improve it.