TomTurner

Tom Turner is the Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach at Leinster Rugby, Ireland.

Velocity Based Training for Maximal Strength

This article was first published on Strength of Science - 28th March 2017. Follow Tom Turner on Twitter - @tom__turner

“The use of VBT methods ultimately minimises the fatigue effect of the strength training stimulus, while maximising the performance aspect, which in a holistic rugby training programme where the strength training is but one component, is undoubtedly a substantial benefit of utilising VBT.”

Interest in Velocity Based Training (VBT) methods in the strength and conditioning community has exploded in recent times. This has undoubtedly been driven by the increased availability of products that measure the velocity of gym based movements, such as GymAware, Tendo FitroDyne, Bar Sensei and the PUSH Band. Another reason has been the work of individuals like Bryan Mann, Eamonn Flanagan and Mladen Jovanovic who have popularised and shed much light on the topic.

I don’t want to repeat much of what has been previously written but will instead attempt to provide you with some practical, real-world examples from a highly trained group of athletes, showing how measuring velocity could be applied to your training programme.

More specifically, I am going to focus on VBT in the realm of maximal strength training as I believe the potential for VBT in this area of training has yet to be fully exploited.

After three years of trial and error with a large squad of professional rugby players, the majority of whom are performing at the highest level of the game, I can present to you, some of the methods that have worked for us and the data that supports it. In order to do this we need to briefly revisit some theoretical context, however, for a much more intelligent and detailed background on the topic, I urge you to read the work of the previously mentioned coaches.

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Tim Mosey
Tim Mosey
Director of Athletic Development at Brisbane Boys' College.
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Jeremy Weeks
Jeremy Weeks
Director of Athletic Performance at Jesuit College, Dallas USA.
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Mat Milberry
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Benchmark Testing, Founder and President, Canada.
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Justin Roethlingshoefer
Justin Roethlingshoefer
Head Sports Performance Coach, Miami University Mens Ice Hockey.
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Gerrit Keferstein
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ALLOUT Pro Performance Training
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Chris Tombs
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High Performance Manager of Serevi Rugby
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Mathew Pell
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National Strength and Conditioning Coach, AFL Umpiring Department
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Tim Exeter
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Keir Wenham-Flatt
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Tony Hoffman, BMX Professional Coach
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BMX Professional Coach
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Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Shanghai Sharks Basketball
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Kevin Geary
Kevin Geary
Strength & Conditioning Coach, Ulster Rugby, UK
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Mike Bewley, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mike Bewley
Strength & Conditioning Coach at Georgia Institute of Technology
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Chris Duffin
Chris Duffin
Co-owner and Head Strength Coach Elite Performance Center
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Leigh Woodbridge
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Strength Coach, Canberra Raiders
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Mark Bitcon, Performance Wigan Warriors
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Director of Performance Wigan Warriors,
Performance Manager English Rugby League
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Mladen Jovanovic, Hammarby IF
Mladen Jovanovic
Head Physical Preparation Coach,
Hammarby IF, Sweden
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Nicholas Gill, New Zealand All Blacks
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Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, New Zealand All Blacks
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Brendyn Appleby, Western Force
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Strength and Conditioning Coach,
Western Force Super Rugby
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Paulie Steinman, South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club
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Head Coach, Proud Owner South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club
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