James Scott: Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Shanghai Sharks

Before joining the Shanghai Sharks (Basket Ball) James worked for the Houston Rockets. He has a BS in Exercise Science, NSCA, CSCS, NASM, PES, NASM, CES, and is currently studying for the Westside Barbell Strengths Certification as well as the Precision Nutrition Certification.  We were lucky enough to grab this interview from him.

Tell us about your GymAware experience?

I have always been a fan of trying to make things as simple as possible. Currently many qualitative methods are being used to train athletes. These methods are based on theory and complexity.

With the PowerTool, I have been able to implement a multi-year progressive training method based on science, mathematics, physics and simplicity.
As cliche as it sounds, its true...numbers don't lie! 

What did you use to measure power before GymAware?

Before using the GymAware PowerTool I wasn't using anything to monitor barbell velocity. To be completely honest, I was still using the out-dated progressive overload method so my need to quantify velocity, power, etc wasn't a necessity as it is now.

Now (with GymAware) we have a simple and effective approach to both monitor and track each athlete.

What made you decide to use the GymAware PowerTool? Did you try out any other solutions?

After years of researching the best method to see constant improvements in strength and power, I decided that I needed to be able use precision tracking on each rep my athletes lifted. This allowed me to streamline my approach to guarantee that the goals of each workout were being hit.

There are other products on the market, but none have the mobility and ease of use like the PowerTool.

How has the GymAware PowerTool helped your business?

The PowerTool has allowed me to completely change my approach to training. We are now extremely accurate and efficient in the weight room. Thanks to this device, there is no longer any estimations in the weight room. In professional sports, small percentages separate the elite from the average.

There is no doubt in my mind that this device gives our team a competitive advantage.

What challenges did you face before GymAware?

Challenges I faces before using the PowerTool were trying to estimate the loads the players should be lifting. I also had a problem with making sense out of the rep schemes that most strength coaches were using. There were many questions I kept asking myself after watching other coaches (and even myself) work. These questions may have had a scientific answer, but weren't applicable in a real world setting. I guess you could say the translation between the lab and the actual weight room (especially in-season) did not make sense.

How did these challenges affect your business?

These challenges forced me to learn and improvise a better way to train my athletes. I can't say that the athletes weren't showing improvements with the previous method I was using, but I can say they weren't showing year round CONSISTENT gains on all areas that needed attention. For example, during our strength phase I can say that all of my athletes showed an increase in strength.....but at what expense?? Their power numbers were down, they weren't "moving" well on the court, and we would start to see their bodies breaking down.

Please list your KEY uses with GymAware

  • Monitor Velocity
  • Monitor Power
  • Motivation
  • Monitor Fatigue
  • I also use this device to help critique my programs to ensure positive results. 
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