Here is a video I put together featuring my recent physical testing and training with the head trainer at the Canadian Sports Centre Ontario. Chris explains the testing in the video but it is based on measuring my displacement, speed, power, force and muscle elasticity/stiffness. These results will create a graph from which we can determine the most optimal weights for me to specifically train power and speed.
I performed a series of movements and each one measured specific data. I started with 3 separate squats with eccentric loading. Secondly, I performed 5 rapid vertical jumps as quickly as possible. Thirdly, I executed weighted jump squats from a loaded static position (without the elastic muscle reflex) and lastly, we moved to the bench and I performed a barbel horizontal bench press with the same static loaded starting position.
You will have to go with the information Chris says in the explanation but I will post my graph and his conclusion of the data when it comes in later this week!!! Until then, you will just have to take my weak explanation and apply it to the video!
This is one of the reason's I was and still am so excited about being in Toronto training with the National team. We have some excellent trainers, facilities and therapists who are working in conjunction with our National team to push us forward in all aspects of our discipline.
This test is one of the ways we are going to improve as the days of training based on feel and periodization are passing. Chris wants to move our program to data directed training where we would be constantly receiving feedback on our performance (speed, force, acceleration) and then told how many reps and sets to perform or when to hit the showers. Such a neat concept to be lead by science in every workout; no longer going by feel but by immediate feedback on the quality of your performance. This way you are only allowed to workout when you are recovered and performing optimally, therefore, decreasing chances of injury and increasing performance through perfect execution.
This is the next generation of training and I can't wait to tweak my body and game through some of the best human performance technology Team Canada has to offer.
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