Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk is an Olympic Gold and Bronze medal winning hammer thrower and a highly accomplished coach in the former Soviet Union who now coaches in Canada. His book Transfer of Training was translated to English by Dr. Michael Yessis and his work has heavily influenced the sports performance world (certainly my views, which … Continue reading Does Strength Training Too Young Limit Long-term Athletic Potential?
I’ve been a personal trainer for ten years, but for the first nine I trained almost exclusively adults who wanted to lose weight and feel better. Last year I transitioned into a role where nearly 100% of my clientele is youth athletes. Coming into this role I knew how different training for athleticism is than … Continue reading Six Lessons I Learned in my First Year of Training Youth Athletes (That Have Nothing to do With Actual Training)
When I began my journey to learn how to coach speed one of my first stops was Altis. While I'll continue learning from many sources, it's hard to imagine a future in which I'm not grounded in the fundamentals I've learned through the Altis Foundation course. It's long, it covers a LOT of material---basic physiology … Continue reading The Big Rocks of Sprint Mechanics
Click here to be notified when new posts go live. Strength is important to sport performance, but only in that it serves to improve force production within sport-specific timeframes. Training is only effective when it results in an increased force expression within said timeframes; when pushing 1RM higher ceases to do so, training should change … Continue reading Power, not strength, is the #1 training goal for explosive-sport athletes
Click here to be notified when new posts go live. Specificity of training is a core principle that dictates training should enhance a specific aspect of athletic performance or a specific physiological / biomechanical outcome. The term "sport-specific training" gets thrown around frequently, but there is not a clear definition of what "sport-specific" means. I … Continue reading Force Application Time: The Principle of Specificity
Click here to be notified when new posts go live. My last post discussed the end goal of training for athletes: playing your sport better. That statement sounds like a no brainer, but all too often athletes (and their trainers) don't approach off-season training with this mindset. Instead, they make a lot of assumptions (read: … Continue reading Applying Bondarchuk’s Exercise Classification System: A Thought Experiment and Why Most Training Doesn’t Work
Click here to be notified when new posts go live. Antoliy Bondarchuk developed a brilliant exercise classification scheme. Check it out below: This classification system is intriguing on many levels, the pyramidal structure being insightful in and of itself. At the top of the pyramid sits "Competitive Exercises", which includes playing the sport during live … Continue reading Keep your eye on the prize: Enhanced gameplay–not performance in the gym–is the end goal