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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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.
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.
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!