Rob Assise is a mathematics teacher and track coach at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Illinois, where he began his career in 2004. He also has experience coaching football and cross country. His progressive workouts have netted him great success, as Homewood-Flossmoor has been a force on the state track and field level in Illinois. In addition to being a highly successful track and field coach and math teacher, Rob is an accomplished writer and popular speaker. He has written multiple articles for several well-known sports performance sites and has been a featured speaker at the Track Football Consortium twice.
Coach Assise’s philosophy is very similar to Coach Tony Holler’s “Feed the Cats.” He has evolved from a more volume-oriented approach to a more progressive, low-volume approach that has led to great success. He has not only helped athletes to reach individual best performances but has also created an environment that made track and field more fun and engaging for the athlete.
Rob’s knowledge and creativity are highlighted in this episode as he explains in detail some of his cutting-edge programming and training philosophies. He gives his insights into speed and plyometric methods, weight room concepts, and the “constraint-based” jump training system.
In this podcast, Coach Rob Assise and Joel discuss:
- What led to his transformation from volume-based coach to his current philosophy.
- How he builds his training phases while managing lots of sprinters in a group with athletes of different abilities.
- Yearly training for the talented track athlete who plays multiple sports.
- A specific plyometric plan for jumping athletes.
- Using curved runs and plyometrics.
Podcast total run time is 55:28.
Rob can be found at SimpliFaster, where he has written articles on speed, jumping, and more.
Keywords: jumpers, plyometrics, track and field, Feed the Cats