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Strength Chat 15: Dr. Bryan Mann on VBT

The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat – hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.

Dr. Bryan Mann has been competing in the sport of powerlifting since 1996. He is the assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Missouri where he has worked since 2004. He has many powerlifting accolades to his name in raw, single-ply, and multi-ply lifting. He is a researcher and author, having written several research publications dealing with training in Division 1 athletics, specifically football. He has recently published “Developing Explosive Athletes: Use of Velocity Based Training in Training Athletes”. You can read his content on EliteFTS where he is a columnist or follow him on twitter!

  • Introduction and background of the guest [1:36]
  • Bryann reminisces on the mini-thesis he wrote about the relation between cleans and a vertical jump [6:33]
  • Bryann shares how he ended up using incorrect statistics for his mini-thesis [8:08]
  • Learning how velocity based training for the athletes lead to various improvements [10:15]
  • Utilizing ZONE in velocity training: Can it be applied to exercise movements? [13:27]
  • Greg shares how he uses velocity in SDE or SPE (Special Developmental Exercises and Special Physical Exercises, respectively) [16:05]
  • Learn why zones is ideally suited for a team-sport environment [17:48]
  • Bryann shares information about Gymaware, a tool he uses for monitoring velocity [20:02]
  • How can you manually implement a velocity device in your training? [23:02]
  • Choosing the right parameters for VBT while performing at the highest level [29:07]
  • Discussing how the psychological aspect of the VBT improves power and strength [32:00]
  • Bryann explains the alterations of velocity and the fluctuations that occur with it [35:28]
  • Using VBT as a player readiness type model [36:31]
  • We learn how training in continuation with the VBT lets you assess the ideal weight at your current level [38:43]
  • What is the criteria range for repetitions that enables Bryann to assess movement quality and load? [43:45]
  • Establishing the correlation between the amount of hypertrophy in fibres and drop off amount [47:38]
  • Which are some of the possible areas of improvement in VBT? [54:30]
  • Bryann shares his contact information [58:57]

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