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Strength Chat #51: Dr. Tim Gabbett

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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.

In today’s episode we talk to one of the most cited authors in the strength and conditioning industry – Dr. Tim Gabbett!

He holds a PhD in Human Physiology (2000) and has completed a second PhD in the Applied Science of Professional Football (2011) , with special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition.

Tim has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles. He continues to work as a sport science and coaching consultant for several high performance teams around the world.

Tim has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 200 national and international conferences. He is committed to performing world-leading research that can be applied in the ‘real world’ to benefit high performance coaches and athletes.

Some of today’s topics include:

  • Myths around loading
  • Collecting data when there is too much data
  • Physical sciences relationship to psychological and social sciences
  • Chronic vs. acute load training
  • Improving load capacity


  • Introduction and background of the guest [4:04]
  • Tim sheds light on how technology has led to over complication of data [7:13]
  • Highlighting the impact that technology has caused in Tim’s career [9:13]
  • Tim addresses some of the challenges that go into collecting the right data [12:50]
  • Learn how the rise of technology has diminished the value of Psychological and Social sport science [16:38]
  • Tim shares how he frequently used to rely on Psychological and Social sport science before the advent of technology [18:20]
  • Learn how Tim’s father had a big impact on him as his career began [20:31]
  • Discussing the two schools of thoughts in high intensity training [22:45]
  • The results of high intensity training; Greater strength and better aerobic fitness [25:14]
  • How you can quantify a chronic load? [26:36]
  • Comparing and contrasting chronic loads and acute loads [27:02]
  • Discussing how load capacity changes according to an athlete’s capability [28:05]
  • Discussing the various risks of injury that come with acute load training [30:42]
  • When is a proper time for increasing and unloading acute loads for better compensation ability? [32:02]
  • Responsibilities of the athlete and coach outside of the training process [35:34]
  • Learn about the extensive Tim preparations made before season kick-off [37:19]
  • Addressing the psychological training aspects which result in reduced stress levels [40:41]
  • Importance of interaction while coaching an athlete [43:14]
  • Tim shares his experience of working with Cirque de Soleil [44:40]
  • Assessing changes in the physical capabilities of an athlete via re-tests [49:40]
  • Highlighting the use of technological tools to optimize power and speed movements in training [53:22]
  • Tim shares his contact information [54:32]
  • Tim shares details about his forthcoming webinar series, “The Training Injury Prevention Paradox Webinar Series” in January [55:18]