The work of Frans Bosch and John Pryor has created a new discussion around strength training, coordination, and motor learning over the past few years. Bosch has been a thought leader, while Pryor has taken the application of the concepts to new levels in his work with Japan and Fiji rugby. Both are coming to the US in December for a series of seminars, and we got them to join the GAINcast for a two-part interview on a wide range of topics. Part 1 of our interview looks at how their work has evolved and how they began working together, transfer of training, the role of traditional strength training, and misinterpretations of Bosch’s work.
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Bosch has his roots in athletics where he coached many world class jumpers and served as high jump national coach for Holland. More recently he has worked as a lecturer in motor learning and training theory and has worked as a consultant and specialist coach for the Welsh and Japanese national rugby teams and the West Ham United Football Club.
Pryor is currently the head of strength and conditioning for Fiji Rugby and has previously served in the same role for Japan Rugby, as well as several top professional clubs including the Brumbies and Suntory Sungoliath.
- 4:30 – The Genesis
- 9:15 – Understanding anatomy: “There is a boundary between fighting the body to beat it into submission and working with the body and going along with the way it is organized. If you don’t know anatomy, you don’t know which you are doing. “
- 11:00 – Motor learning, finding connections and the difference between practice and learning results: “The better your practice session result is, the less you have learned. Practice results are not learning results. “
- 18:15 – How does traditional strength training fit in? “You need traditional strength training, but it is not the foundation. “
- 23:15 – Understanding near transfer and far transfer and transfer mechanisms: “How many classic exercises in the gym have far transfer and transfer away from the movement pattern itself? Most classic exercises only transfer to something that resembles it. ” “The transfer mechanism is never the magnitude of the force. What transfers if the stability of the pattern which produced the force. The body wants to transfers stable components of movement, not unstable components. “
- 26:30 – Misinterpretations of Bosch’s work. “The results you want to get have to be self-organized and emerge from the organism itself. ” “Understand the intention of the movement. It’s not a competition about what looks the most creative, it is about what has the best intention and transfer. “
- 31:00 – Replacing coaching cues with a better training environment: “If you design the drill really well and the intention is clear to the athlete, there is no need for the coach to give huge amounts of feedback. You don’t just lose the cueing, you replace it with an environment to guide the system.”
To hear more about these topics you can listen to the full episode above. If you like what you hear on the GAINcast, don’t forget to give us a review and subscribe on iTunes.
The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Both Bosch and Pryor are interviewed in our latest book Training Talk: Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches for more in-depth insights on training from some of the world’s top coaches. Bosch’s book Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach is also available in the HMMR store.
- You can learn more from Bosch and Pryor on Twitter at @fransboschbook and @fit3k. You can register for their upcoming seminar series in the US here.
- We have lots of other additional resources on the site from both, including more to come later this month. Don’t forget to join HMMR Plus to get full access to the following: