Examining Movement Strength Ratios: How Data Science is Changing the Landscape of Strength and Conditioning

Successful strength programming requires the balance of scientific principles and practical real-world methods. While scientific inquiry drives our understanding of training and injury prevention, it is the coach’s ability to implement that science that determines how effective a training program is. The balance between the two is what allows coaches to make the greatest impact possible. Often, the use of practical shortcuts is necessary to make training effective in constrained environments. The demand for strength coaches to be economical with time and energy makes the use of simple heuristics necessary. Volt was built utilizing many of these same strategies, but with the integration of our performance training AI, Cortex, Volt can help bridge the gap between science and practice in remarkably new ways.

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The New Volt App is Here

The New Volt App is Here

We’ve been working since 2011 to help athletes train the right way for their sport and performance goals. Now, we’ve taken another step towards that goal with the launch of our new athlete app! This app features a totally redesigned training experience for athletes on Volt teams and organizations—in addition to our patent-pending Smart Sets technology, powered by our training AI—and represents a big step forward in our continued effort to bring better training to more athletes, everywhere.

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Dear Parents and Coaches, Kids Should Strength Train.

Dear Parents and Coaches, Kids Should Strength Train.

I see and hear it all the time: “Is it ok for my (healthy) son or daughter or my team to lift weights?” or “I heard that kids shouldn’t lift weights before they’re done growing.”

Where does this view come from? There are a few fallacies that parents and coaches often subscribe. I’ve addressed these comments and questions countless times, and have developed a downloadable PDF handout that is a helpful resource for coaches to share with parents, or for parents to share with other parents (and sometimes coaches).

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Your Checklist for Coaching a Safe and Efficient Weight Room

The weight room is a chaotic place. For strength coaches, trainers, sport coaches, PE teachers, and anyone overseeing a training session, a systems-based approach helps to make order of weight-room chaos. Volt’s Bo Pearson, CSCS-certified strength coach, created a Weight Room Checklist to help organize the basic steps that coaches and athletes should complete each training session.

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Building the Habit: Four Strategies for Improving Training Consistency

Getting athletes to take lifting seriously is often easier said than done. Without any interest in the process, there is little you can do besides patiently wait for their minds to change. Making athletes do something they don’t want to do only leads to a stronger aversion to that specific activity. The introduction of training places a challenge on pre-existing habits and routines, and can be frustrating to break if they aren’t conducive to the new demand of training. The creation of new habits, routines, and environments will be necessary for the success of your training program. Inside, you’ll see four strategies to help athletes build habits that support consistent and committed strength training.

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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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