There are pros and cons for each method of prescribing intensity for strength training, and velocity-based training can be an excellent one to use when logistics allow for it. Here are a few of the scenarios and options for implementing VBT for strength.
Bar velocity can be used to dictate loads within a wave and to foster an athlete’s self-competition. Velocity offers precision loading and greater increases in performance when the athlete uses the feedback from their training.
There are reams and reams of data out there. But how much of it is really worthwhile? And what is the best way for coaches to cut through all the numbers and the metrics and decide what will best benefit their athletes?
Determining optimal power points for both strength-oriented and power-oriented exercises is a key metric. Measuring velocity is a vital part of this metric. Accurate and low-cost methods of measurement are proliferating and allowing coaches to plan more precise workouts.
Devices such as GymAware are best utilized in powerlifting for managing loads in pulls. Jump training and similar activities are of limited utility because they are too far removed from powerlifting techniques. Variation in training can often be obtained by variation in intensity and velocity.
Velocity based training (VBT) provides coaches with a method of more accurately calibrating workouts for their athletes. It is especially helpful in calculating 1RM for athletes at all levels. Ensuring proper 1RM loads is crucial for increasing strength, speed, and jump height while reducing the risk of injury.
For athletes performing Olympic lifts to improve sports performance, measuring peak velocity provides the best information to coaches when progressing loads. Peak velocity, which is not affected by injuries, also represents an athlete’s capabilities better than mean and average velocity.