Cal Dietz is the Head Olympic Sport Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Minnesota. He has been with Minnesota since 2000. Prior to his current position, Cal served as the Strength Coordinator at the University of Findlay (OH) where he oversaw 26 men’s and women’s sports. Coach Dietz has consulted for various professional sports, including the NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB. He has also worked with various Olympic and World champions. He is a sought-after presenter and has coauthored the top selling book Triphasic Training: A Systematic Approach to Elite Speed and Explosive Strength Performance.
Dietz is a native of Shelby, Ohio, who earned a bachelor’s in physical education from the University of Findlay, as well as a master’s in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. Cal was an outstanding college athlete at Findley, winning three national championships in two different sports (football and wrestling). He was inducted into the Findley Hall of Fame in 2005.
We hear Cal’s views on a slew of speed training and special strength programming issues. He gives us his thoughts on a wide range of topics, including assisted and resisted methods, jumping and plyometrics, and cueing in the weight room. Cal also talks about training the athlete’s feet to maximize sports performance.
In this podcast, Coach Cal Dietz and Joel discuss:
- Sprinting modalities in the context of the French Contrast System.
- Coaching the landing and foot contact phase of jumping.
- Maximal development of lower leg strength in athletes.
- Using oscillatory isometrics.
- Glute and hamstring development.
- Programming for phases of the sprint in the weight room.
Podcast total run time is 1:08:51.
Keywords: contrast, speed development, training the foot, range movements