StrongFirst Podcast Episode #10
In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Chris Chapman, Director of Sport Science at Push. Chris discusses strategies to optimize power in your kettlebell swing with velocity based training.
00:49 About Chris Chapman.
01:23 Chris describes how his background in athletic training and personal training evolved after meeting his first mentor.
04:52 Chris talks about quantifying movement.
06:25 Chris describes how to analyze motion and of being mindful that research has to be applicable.
11:45 Chris gives a quick primer on physics terms—displacement/distance, velocity, and acceleration—and how they relate to the weight room.
14:00 Chris talks about deadlifts and Olympic lifts.
16:10 Chris discusses finding max power in kettlebell swings. A good place to start would be 50% of your one arm swing RM. A tool like the Push Band gives you exact data and allows you to train for specific goals.
20:00 Chris discusses velocity-based training and how it differs from using one rep max numbers.
21:50 Chris introduces mechanical ‘work’, and how much more ‘work’ you can do with a kettlebell at a lower rate of perceived exertion.
25:20 Chris and Craig discuss the rate of force ‘relaxation,’ how kettlebell training develops this ability.
27:03 Chris promotes the ability to relax quickly for anyone needing to change directions like athletes on fields.
28:00 Chris explains the Push Band’s use cases to measure force, power, speed, and work.
36:00 Chris talks about tech’s role as a source of additional feedback and to validate information. It isn’t a replacement for the fundamentals and good coaching.
38:45 Final thoughts.
If you’re training for power, the kettlebell is a better tool. - Chris Chapman Click To Tweet
All the tech stuff is fascinating and interesting, but it’s not a replacement for sound fundamentals. - Chris Chapman Click To Tweet
Push Band – Accelerometer