Arno Galmarini works with some of the top winter sport athletes in the world, but rather than being based in the mountains his gym is in the city. That requires him to be creative in defining sport-specific training solutions and even more creative in testing athlete progress towards to unique demands created by ice and snow. On this episode of the podcast Galmarini explains testing philosophy and how he integrates sports-specific testing into training.
Notes and quotes
Arno Galmarini is the founder and owner of Elite Training in Zurich, Switzerland. It is one of the first performance facilities in Switzerland and his results are helping bring strength and country forward in the country. His gym has worked with the ZSC Lions, one of the top Swiss hockey clubs, the Swiss national hockey team, and Olympic medalists in ski and snowboard like Dominique Gisin (alpine skiing – downhill), Sandro Viletta (alpine skiing – combined), and Nevin Galmarini (snowboard – parallel giant slalom).
Rethinking testing and technology
- 6:15 – Standard approaches to testing and where they fall short.
- 10:00 – Making testing more specific: “We give meaning to what we can measure rather than measuring what has meaning. “
- 12:00 – Examples of using technology for testing. “Sometimes technology can help you better measure what happens in the sport so your testing can be training. “
- 17:00 – Tips for implementing technology: “Before we bought any technology, we asked how good the technology, is it easy to use, and what we will do with the information.”
Best practices for testing
- 18:30 – Making tests actionable.
- 21:30 – Examples of integrating testing into training.
- 25:00 – Measuring transfer or effectiveness.
- 28:30 – Nick’s examples of integrating testing into training.
- 33:00 – Examples of testing for hockey.
- 37:15 – The importance of replicating circumstances in testing. “Is the test so valuable that it is worth giving up a week of training? “
- 39:00 – Connecting the test to the next steps. “The test often doesn’t give you the real information you want: what’s happening inside the black box of the body. “What do you need to do to get better? This is really hard to learn from just numbers. “
Becoming a better coach & other training topics
- 41:30 – Never stop searching: “The most important thing is that you are willing to look for solutions. “
- 42:30 – Evolving as a coach: “A lot of coaches like to do with athletes what they do themselves, but then you learn there are other ways. There are a lot of ways to make an athlete stronger. “
- 46:45 – Olympic lifting and alternatives for Olympic lifting.
- 50:00 – The Elite Training weekly challenge
- 51:15 – Chains, bands, and isokinetic work.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- The January theme on HMMR Media is testing. Throughout the month we will feature new podcasts, articles, and videos on the topic from leading coaches. Become a HMMR Plus member to get access to all the content. Support the podcast and don’t miss out on all the great content we have on HMMR Media.
- For more on testing, listen to last week’s Episode 136 with German throws coach René Sack on the more formal testing approach to the north. On GAINcast 88 Vern also discussed the testing process and best practices for making tests actionable with Ola Eriksrud.
- You can learn more about Galmarini and Elite Training on Instagram @getelitetraining or their webpage. He was also profiled by EliteFTS in 2013.
- For more about his use of the Moxy monitor in hockey, check out this free and detailed video webinar from Moxy.
- We discussed various topics on the podcast and referenced research in a few cases. Here is the recent research on comparing the effectiveness of Olympic lifting to other training modes, and Bryan Mann summarized the research on using bands for lifting on HMMR Media in 2016.
- Want to hear Nick speak in person? He’ll be at the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association Clinic on February 1-3. Find out more information here.