On Vern’s recent visit to Switzerland we did a live Q&A, answering questions and exchanging ideas on a variety of topics including: measuring strength, building connections, enhancing training transfer, best practices for combining different training methods, rethinking overload, strength training for endurance athletes, and more.
Notes and quotes
- 0:00 – Introduction.
- 2:00 – Shifting the focus from strength to athleticism: “They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Often what happens in the weight room stays in the weight room? How much actually transfers to the field of play.”
- 8:30 – Connections and thinking of training movements not muscles.
- 11:45 – Measurable strength: “We tend to measure strength as force production, when the limiting factor in many performances is force reduction. Where do the greatest forces come when spiking a volleyball? When you land. But force production and reduction need to be thought of together. You have to accelerate to decelerate.”
- 14:00 – How to transfer: “If I have a choice I’m going to look for a multi-joint exercise over a single joint exercise to accelerate the transfer.”
- 17:00 – Yearly planning for transfer.
- 18:30 – Combining different training methods and French contrast training.
- 21:00 – Training women.
- 23:15 – Lessons from the last few decades and making practice better.
- 27:00 – Rethinking overload, residual training, and planning: “It’s about challenging the athlete, not making it heavier.”
- 33:30 – Separate mythology and ritual from what actually happens.
- 36:00 – How to fit strength into an endurance program.
- 44:00 – Will it make you better?
- 47:15 – Changing the training culture in volleyball.
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- We reference Swiss coach Jean-Pierre Egger several times in the questions. Check out our interview with him, and you can learn more about his methods here.