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Traditional Periodization and Velocity
November 8, 2019
Introduction We touched on periodization a few weeks ago, but wanted to revisit it to help explain how the taught methods of strength & conditioning planning can easily be woven into the fabric of velocity based training and technology in the weight room. The NSCA text describes periodization as: “the logical and systematic process of sequencing and integrating training interventions in order to achieve peak performance at appropriate time points.
Guest Blog Post 2: Daniel Hicker
November 3, 2019
Daniel Hicker has been a strength and conditioning coach for the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS (Major League Soccer) for the last two seasons. Prior to his current role, he had worked as a strength and conditioning coach for US Soccer and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. He also served at Santa Clara University as both a strength and conditioning coach and the director of performance analysis.
Muscular Anatomy and VBT
October 28, 2019
This post will help explain the mechanisms of muscular contractions from an anatomical perspective, and how the principles and purposes of velocity based training directly relates. VBT and Muscle Contractions All of the below is meant to give you a very concrete understanding of muscular anatomy and physiology in order to see how it relates to strength training and velocity based training specifically. We spoke in previous posts about force-velocity profiling.
Common VBT Programming Methods
October 14, 2019
Programming with VBT Many hundred page textbooks have been written time and again on strength training and programming, yet very few manuals exist on Velocity Based Training specifically. We are trying to bridge the gap between the vast amount of knowledge out in the world with regards to lifting weights, and hope to provide some clarity on what VBT is, how to periodize with it, and how to program with it.
Velocity Based Training Research Review 1
October 7, 2019
You may have noticed the numerous sources we cite at the bottom of each of our blog posts. Peer reviewed research is important to us because it adds evidence and validity to the information we bring you. We want to be a trusted resource for all things velocity based training, and in doing so, we have to keep our findings and summations based in the research. With that in mind, we wanted to deliver a quick research review this week.
Periodization and Programming With VBT
September 30, 2019
The two most common questions for those first learning about velocity based training are: How to program week to week How to overall periodize the training year for your team or athlete As with most sports performance or strength and conditioning, there is no one size fits all approach . It will depend on the sport or type of athlete you are training, the needs analysis of the individual, the competitive season and game schedule, and what the tendencies of the sport coach are with regards to volume and intensity of training sessions.
Nervous System Autoregulation and VBT
September 23, 2019
Introduction The nervous system governs everything we do as humans both in and out of the weight room. In previous posts, we have briefly touched on the concept of autoregulation. In this post, we’ll delve a little deeper into autoregulation in addition to explaining what the nervous system is and how it dictates our daily readiness for both life and competitive sport. The nervous system can be difficult to understand on the cellular level, so we will explain it more generally here as an introduction.
Molly Binetti Guest Post
September 16, 2019
Molly Binetti is the sports performance coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks Women’s Basketball Team. after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Marquette in 2012, Binetti completed her master’s in Kinesiology and Exercise Science at Minnesota in 2013. Binetti began her career at purdue where she served as the Sports Performance Coach for Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Diving and Cheerleading. She then spent four seasons at Louisville working with Volleyball, Softball and Women’s Tennis and as the Secondary Sports Performance Coach for Women’s Basketball.
Understanding Force Velocity Profiles
September 9, 2019
Introduction to force velocity profiling Simply put, a force/velocity profile allows you to see what your athletes’ existing force and velocity production capabilities look like. Once graphed, this information roughly translates to how quickly your athlete produces force at various percentages of their RM. Because velocity is a factor here and the RM value will fluctuate given an athlete’s velocities at various loads, you do not need to test for an RM to build a force/velocity profile.
What VBT Tech Is Right for You
September 2, 2019
Velocity based training + technology It goes without saying that to implement Velocity Based Training in a weight room and do so accurately, technology is necessary. While velocity based training (VBT) is still a relatively young method of training, more options for VBT devices are coming onto the market each year. As we mentioned in the second post, we believe VBT should be a ubiquitous form of training. We would not have built a company around it if we did not truly believe in it as a training modality.