Podcast Episode #20: Carmen Bott

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #20


Professor Carmen Bott is a strength and conditioning coach from Vancouver, British Columbia who specializes in physical preparation for combative and collision sports athletes.

Show Notes

00:56 – Coach Bott talks about her history and how she got into the sports science space.

02:41 – Coach Bott’s thesis on basketball.

05:14 – Her first experience with Pavel in 2004.

09:00 – How Coach Bott ended up marrying her trainer and mastering the kettlebell.

12:00 – How strength training can be taboo for wrestlers.

13:40 – How much conditioning for athletes during the season.

17:41 – What kind of off-season high-level athletes get.

21:33 – The difference between training athletes in different sports.

26:28 – Which muscles are most important to train for wrestling.

31:05 – How much Coach Bott uses Olympic lifting and how much she uses kettlebells.

38:35 – Why you need to understand kinematics.

40:25 – The books Coach Bott recommends.

Resources Mentioned

Wrestler’s Edge
Off-Season Training for Wrestlers
Pre-Season Training for Wrestlers
In-Season Training for Wrestlers

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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.

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