A Different Approach to Velocity-Based Training

A big topic in sports training over the last six months. Research is exploding in this area as technology advances. The technology to measure bar speed has been around for decades, but new advances have put that technology in the hands of more people and made it easier to work with the data. I’ve been testing out two products, from Push and GymAware, for the last few months and will write more about the technology later in the week. But I wanted to first cover look at some of the theory and research regarding velocity-based training.


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9 replies
  1. Sean Donnelly
    Sean Donnelly says:

    After identifying that your best vertical jump velocity and throwing results match each other, I think the next logical step is to determine trends that will give more insight into when peaking will occur. I’m sure you have your throwing mapped out very well, but perhaps maybe your peak velocity in the squat may come two or three sessions before your peak results in throwing. Just some food for thought.

    • Martin Bingisser
      Martin Bingisser says:

      That’s definitely something I’m looking at as well as other intricacies of sport form development. It is just a slow process. As I am not training as much this year, each developmental period takes a long time and I don’t have much data to work with. But Derek and Nick are also looking at the same things and hopefully together we get a better data set.

  2. Joe Burke
    Joe Burke says:

    Clearly a lot of applications! Have you thrown with these monitors on you? Can they give you instantaneous feedback on the speed of limbs or trunk during a throw? If so they could really help with rhythm and timing? Can you get instantaneous velocities of a body part that could be linked to video? They could also really determine the optimum number of throws in a throwing session. Ie how many max throws can an athlete do in a session…how many hard throws at 90 percent effort. They could also help with determining the type of practice or even if you should practice at all on a given day!


Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. […] → For more on the use of bar velocity as a tracker of sport form listen to Episode 15 of the HMMR Podcast or read Martin’s overview of his experience. […]

  2. […] few of my favorite articles explored some new topics this year, such as the antifragile athlete and my own take on velocity-based training. I also put together a good summary of Bondarchuk’s views on long term athlete […]

  3. […] Trying to further explore the connection between bar speed, throwing distance, and sport form, as Nick and I have discussed on the podcast and on HMMR Media. […]

  4. […] I wrote in more detail about velocity based training back in April. The post covers more about how I am using velocity feedback, common approaches by other coaches, and also an important discussion of data collection. Also in April I wrote a review of both the PUSH and GymAware devices. Please note the review was done before PUSH sponsored the Podcast. […]

  5. […] Vern says, you have to train fast to be fast. Now we have better ways to quantify that. I have written about velocity-based training before and a different approach to it that I use. We also plan to discuss it on upcoming podcast episodes […]

  6. […] Earlier this week I took a look at velocity-based training. But in order to even think about incorporating velocity measurements into training, you have to have something that will measure them for you. There are lots of options in the market now. If you have no budget, there are a variety of apps that give cruder measurements. The Tendo Unit has been around for two decades, but the device has evolved little in that time. And more recently several products have been emerging that attempt to not only measure more accurately, but produce an output that can be more easily used by coaches. Over the last three months I have taken an in-depth look at two such products. Both performed great, and below is a review and comparison of them both. […]

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