AUG. 15TH 2019
Today marks the day I am officially venturing into the Velocity Based Training phenomenon that has been popping its head around the strength training community. A few months prior a friend of mine had mentioned that Squats and Science had a project called Open Barbell which documented all that was need to create your own VBT device. After pilfering through the parts list and the files require to construct such a device I knew I needed to enlist some help. An old colleague from OU who I consider a mastermind in engineering and data science and I met up for a coffee to discuss the possibility of creating these things. I am very confident in believing that we can not only move forward with this project but also expand on the groundwork Squats and Science have laid down.
They have moved on to create a packaged and affordable device for the masses but I would like to create the first version and cater it to my clients and my own training. You can find their Github page here: https://github.com/squatsandsciencelabs.
There are multiple applications for Velocity Based Training that we can begin experimenting with. It fits extremely well with developing the athletic profile and the force velocity curve many S&C coaches work on developing with their players. You can use bar speed to regulate intensity, volume, and fatigue. You can do all these simultaneously while measuring fatigue in an effort to progressively overload and recover. There will be recommendations to come and individual case studies once we have a working device. I plan on documenting this process as much as possible to hopefully show others how available this device is.