HMMR Podcast Episode 154: Force and velocity (with JB Morin)

Strength, power and speed are all related, but the relationship is more complex than it seems. Leading sports scientist JB Morin has dedicated his research to finding out more about the relationship, what coaches can learn from it, and how that can make training better. On this week’s episode of the podcast, he joins us to discuss force-velocity profiling, transfer of training, and many more aspects of getting faster.

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Notes and quotes

Morin is a full professor on the Faculty of Sport Science at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France. He has a PhD in human motor function and has written more than 100 papers on a variety of sports science topics. He is at the forefront of research on sprinting and speed. Our conversation focused on his research into force-velocity profiling, transfer of training, the nuances of speed, and more.

Force-Velocity profiling
Specificity and transfer of training
Other topics

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

  • The site theme in May is training speed. We started covering the topic on the GAINcast with Vern’s experiences on training speed and on the HMMR Podcast where Brian FitzGerald debunked sprinting myths. We’ll have several new podcasts, articles and videos on the topic. Join HMMR Plus so you don’t miss all the content on this topic.
  • Morin has put together lots of resources on his website. You can also find his original papers on researchgate and follow him on Twitter (@jb_morin).
  • A great tool for calculating the force-velocity profile is the My Jump app.
  • We have had several other sprint researchers on both the HMMR Podcast and the GAINcast: Episode 94 and GAINcast 21 with Ken Clark, as well as GAINcast 89 with Peter Weyand.
  • For more resources on speed and sprinting, see our topic overview, including interviews and videos with other top sprint coaches like Jonas Dodoo, Pat Connolly, Gary Winckler, John Pryor, Joe McNab, Vern Gambetta, and more.