Podcast Episode #10: Chris Chapman

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.

Show Notes

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.

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Resources Mentioned

Push Band – Accelerometer

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Craig Marker
Ph.D., Senior Instructor
Craig Marker, Ph.D., Senior Instructor, CSCS, is a fitness enthusiast who has spent his life trying to help people improve their lives. As a professor, he works with students on how best to understand research and place it into context. He has published over fifty articles, chapters, and textbooks on psychology and research methods.

As a researcher, he understands the cutting edge of strength, sports performance, body composition, and nutrition. As a psychologist, he has focused on research and treatment of anxiety disorders, which positions him to understand motivation and the fear of making life changes.

Craig’s upcoming book, the AntiFragile Self, takes on the topic of building a stronger person in the mental and physical domains.

As a certified StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor, Craig views kettlebells as one tool in the trade of forging a better person. He uses the Functional Movement Screen and multiple corrective movements to make sure his students are performing at their best for the rest of their lives.

Visit his intentional community in Atlanta: Armour Building.

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