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Strength Chat #41: Cal Dietz

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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.

Cal Dietz is a man with a resume that can’t be summed up in one paragraph, so we won’t even try. He is the strength and conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota and has coached countless teams and individuals to the international elite and professional levels in many different sports.

During his time at the university he helped found and chairs the Sport Biomechanics Interest Group with its purpose to explore the physiological and biomechanical aspects of advanced human performance encompassing the various aspects of kinesiology, biomechanics, neuro-mechanics and physics. This will be achieved by utilizing extensive research theories and applied knowledge in the multi-disciplinary field of human performance.

During his time at the university, Dietz has given numerous lectures around the country, as well as publish several scientific articles and dozens articles on training. Most recently, Dietz co-authored the the top selling book, Triphasic Training: A systematic approach to elite speed and explosive strength performance.

Tune in as our guests talk shop with this legend in the S&C field!

  • Introduction and background of guest [07:33]
  • Diet and nutrition in team sports [09:48]
  • Negative impact of a protein deficient diet [11:20]
  • Starting your day with a protein rich diet [12:05]
  • Importance of eating right and following a rest and recovery regimen [12:35]
  • The importance culture and leadership in fitness training [13:47]
  • HRV readings to determine food problems [15:19]
  • Discussing the effects of Histamin release [17:37]
  • Using HRV readings to monitor training progress [18:08]
  • Is the Omega wave unit worth the cost? [18:38]
  • Development of the Triphasic Training system [19:47]
  • Importance of inducing stress and generating a parasympathetic response to generate optimum results [21:00]
  • Cal shares a story which shows the impressive results of his Triphasic Training system [21:11]
  • Discussing balance issues and how balancing worsens when your close your eyes [24:23]
  • The need to go back to basics instead of over relying on technology [25:50]
  • Comparing Scientists and coaches in the world of fitness [27:51]
  • The basics of Triphasic Training system [29:05]
  • Reason for starting the Triphasic training system with the eccentric phase [30:19]
  • Eating right to build muscles after eccentric training [30:53]
  • Learning how you can benefit by becoming stronger in the weakest position via isometric training [31:10]
  • Cal scientifically explains the third and last phase, the concentric phase [32:04]
  • Should you undergo Triphasic training in off season? [32:23]
  • Discussing the two spring tendon system in the muscle and tendon [34:13]
  • Discussing how concentrating heavily on muscle training will have bad effects on tendons [35:13]
  • The negative impact of training powerlifters primarily for speed [35:31]
  • Discussing in-season Triphasic training [36:52]
  • Using eccentric training to improve fitness levels of athletes [38:10]
  • Recommended eccentric training exercises for athletes [39:37]
  • Advantage of the safety single leg squat bar [40:47]
  • Misconceptions pertaining to recovery methods [42:18]
  • Causes of stress and how it effects an athlete’s recovery [45:23]
  • Building an aerobic base to train harder [46:48]
  • Discover how walking helps in accelerating an athlete’s recovery [49:36]
  • Cal shares his contact details [52:51]