Metabolic conditioning was a concept few coaches talked about before Crossfit, but the concept is decades old and worth revisiting. On this episode of the podcast we talk about how we understand and utilize the concept to work on conditioning for power sports. In addition, we open the mailbag and answer listener questions on a variety of topics.
Notes and quotes
After discussing metabolic conditioning, we then tackle listener questions on coaching cues, throwing technique, long term athlete development, and progressing athletes in training.
- 3:15 – Boyd Epley’s influences on metabolic conditioning.
- 7:30 Benefits of metabolic conditioning: “Metabolic conditioning gives you a lot of high quality work in a short amount of time, while still challenging the athlete and developing their work capacity. “
- 8:15 – Concepts behind metabolic conditioning.
- 10:30 – Introducing metabolic conditioning into training. into training
- 12:30 – Comparing to crossfit and combining metabolic conditioning with Bondarchuk concepts.
- 16:15 – The perils of long training session: “Long lifting sessions tend to show that your priorities are mixed up, plus the quality suffers, and focus is difficult to keep. “
- 17:30 – The beard challenge.
18:30 – Is the “reverse C” a good cue or bad cue? “A position is not a cue. We’re not just trying to teach how it looks, we’re trying to teach what it does. Aim for describing what goes on in the position, not what it looks like. “
- 20:30 – Teaching tension.
- 20:15 – Should athletes focus on loading or technique with beginning weightlifter? And when do you move from bodyweight exercises to loaded exercises? “You have to learn technique first, but don’t have to choose technique or loading. You can learn technique while adding loads. “
- 26:30 – When to add loading: “Adding weights is about finding when an athlete needs a new challenge. If they need a new challenge, add some load, but remember there are also other ways to challenge the athlete than with some heavier. “
- 27:45 – Teaching athletes how to feel and hold positions.
- 29:30 – Bondarchuk for team sports.
- 31:00 – Upcoming seminars.
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- We talked more about Bondarchuk for team sports in our July 2017 member hangout and Episode 114. You can learn more about Bondarchuk’s methods in HMMR Classroom Lesson 1.
- We recently answered more listener questions on Episode 176 and Episode 174. You can also hear more Q&A on Episode 174, Episode 126 and Episode 89.