Introducing the Volt Demo

We founded Volt Athletics to put elite-level training in the hands of coaches and athletes everywhere. With that goal, we aim to take every team to the next level through science-backed training and personalized goals that drive results in the weight room and in competition.

Since we launched Volt, curious coaches have asked to take the platform for a spin and see for themselves what our technology has to offer. Now, with the launch of our brand-new (and totally free) demo, every coach everywhere can explore Volt’s world-class training platform on their own time.

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Building Interest and Commitment

Most coaches in the sporting world agree that weight training offers massive benefits to athletes. However, from the perspective of a young athlete stepping into the weight room for the first time, it can be difficult to accept the type of commitment it will take to see the benefits of strength training. To be fair, from an athlete’s point of view, it makes sense! If that’s the case…how should you, as a coach, build interest and commitment in the weight room?

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What is Athleticism and How is it Tested? Are We Re-inventing the Wheel?

It’s that time of year again, late February. The Super Bowl is a few weeks behind us and it’s time to start thinking about “next year.”  For NFL organizations and football fans, this means settling in to watch the feats of strength and athleticism during the NFL Combine. And for sport scientists, this garners a lot of talk, debate and discussion about testing. Inside, you’ll learn about the history of athleticism, as well as the Volt Strength Score and more…

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4 Dimensions of Athlete Development, Part 3: Nutrition

“You can’t out train a bad diet…” Athletes that focus purely on weight training and ignore nutrition won’t see the results on the court, field, or in the pool that they would like. Therefore, athletes (and coaches) need to dive into nutrition education in order to see the gains they need when it comes to performance.

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Fool’s Gold and Diamonds in the Rough: The Adolescent Growth Spurt in Boys

An athlete’s potential is typically predicted from a young age, many times based on their size. In tryouts, coaches tend to home in on the big kids first, and forget the smaller boys. Coaches note how hard the big kid throws and hits the ball — irrespective of his technique or coachability. On the other hand, the smaller, weaker boy — who possesses a good understanding of the game and great footwork and hands in the infield (yet struggles to throw it hard) — gets discarded because “well, he’s too small.” Has this coach selected the Fool’s Gold at the top of the pile? And didn’t dig deep enough for the Diamond in the Rough?

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Overtraining vs. Under-Recovery: A Paradigm Shift

“Overtraining” is a buzzword used in the strength and conditioning industry. Often we’re told that overtraining leads to reduced performance on and off the field, delayed progress, and even injury. But does overtraining exist, or is it simply a misused term, describing another aspect of performance that’s often overlooked? Tyler Koch, MS, CSCS, argues that instead of focusing on overtraining, coaches should focus on their athletes’ ability to recover from training.

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4 Dimensions of Athletic Development, Part 2: Performance

4 Dimensions of Athletic Development, Part 2: Performance

If athletes are high-performance sports cars, then strength coaches are the mechanics: the weight room is our garage, and the practice court is our test track. And just as sports cars need test runs and consistent evaluation to optimize performance, so too do our student athletes. In this second article in a 4-part series on athletic development, Clemson strength coach Kaitlyn Cunningham shares how she tests and evaluates athlete performance—along with practical applications for using that data to construct effective training.

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See Jack Zig and Zag: Teaching Fundamental Movement Skills

An athlete’s success on the field or court can be defined by their speed and ability to change directions. But too often, fundamental movement skills like running, backpedaling, shuffling, decelerating, and changing directions are not taught and coached in young athletes. In Part 4 of his series on Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), Joe Eisenmann, PhD, shares how to teach athletes how to efficiently move their body from point A to point B—and why it’s so important.

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4 Dimensions of Athlete Development, Part 1: Mental/Cultural

4 Dimensions of Athlete Development, Part 1: Mental/Cultural

“By putting the student-athletes in positions to lead and receive constructive feedback, we saw immediate results.” Clemson strength coach Kaitlyn Cunningham knows that well-rounded athlete development starts with the mental and cultural component. In this first article in a 4-part series, Coach Cunningham shares some DI wisdom on how to cultivate accountability, foster responsibility, and empower her athletes to depend on one another.

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See Jane Jump: Teaching Fundamental Movement Skills

See Jane Jump: Teaching Fundamental Movement Skills

Watch any sport and you’ll see a variety of non-sport-specific movement skills at play: running, jumping, skipping, shuffling, decelerating, cutting, and more. And like technique-based sport-specific skills—swinging a bat, shooting a free-throw, and so on—these fundamental movements should be taught, coached, and trained. In Part 3 of his series of long-term athlete development (LTAD), Volt’s Head of Sport Science, Joe Eisenmann, PhD, provides practical coaching cues and sequences to help coaches teach athletes how to excel at these fundamental movements: athletic stance, bodyweight squat, hip hinge, jumping, and landing.

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