Earlier this week I took a look at velocity-based training. But in order to even think about incorporating velocity measurements into training, you have to have something that will measure them for you. There are lots of options in the market now. If you have no budget, there are a variety of apps that give cruder measurements. The Tendo Unit has been around for two decades, but the device has evolved little in that time. And more recently several products have been emerging that attempt to not only measure more accurately, but produce an output that can be more easily used by coaches. Over the last three months I have taken an in-depth look at two such products: Push and GymAware. Both performed great, and below is a review and comparison of them both. Read more
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.
- With the young developing athlete – Keep it very FUNdamental. Read more
Speed First! Yes you must work on speed first and foremost. It must be part of every training cycle. I find it quite amusing when I hear a runner say that I have been working on base work, but I have not started speed work yet. The problem with that approach is that they are not training to run fast, they are training to run far, and they hope that the fast will come. The inevitable result is undue soreness and greater risk of injury because of the abrupt change in the training program when they do start to run fast. Read more