Matt Van Dyke is the Associate Director of Applied Sports Science at the University of Texas at Austin and works directly with the Longhorn Football Program. Before coming to the UT, he was the Associate Director of Sports Performance at the University of Denver. Matt is certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (SCCC) and earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Iowa State University.
Max Schmarzo is the owner and CEO of Strong by Science. He is also the Director of Sports Science at The Resilience Code, a company that specializes in offering personalized solutions to health and wellness needs. Max is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and NATA Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). He received his M.S. in Kinesiology from Iowa State University.
Matt and Max have authored a book on training athletic power called Applied Principles of Optimal Power Development, which is a practical, research-backed manual on developing power in athletes.
They chat in-depth about the concepts of building athletic power and cover topics such as the utilization of isometrics in power development, ranges of motion in basic lifts, training to develop power, complex training, and velocity-based training.
In this podcast, Coach Matt Van Dyke and Coach Max Schmarzo discuss with Joel:
- Full range of motion vs. shorter and more specific ranges of motion.
- Potentiation, structural, and neural functions of isometrics.
- The importance of maximal intent for each rep.
- Building strength as a base to power.
- Maximal isometrics.
- Neural demands of structural and functional training.
Matt and Max can both be found at Strong by Science.
Podcast total run time is 1:06:36.
Keywords: isometrics, power development, VBT, complex training