Q and A with Joel Jamieson

In today’s Countdown to The Seminar we get some insight from Joel Jamieson on his presentation “Managing the Training Process”.  We are extremely excited to have Joel back on the docket and can’t wait to see what he has to say.

JD: Joel, I appreciate your time in answering a few of our questions about your presentation, “Managing the Training Process”, which you will be giving at the 2012 Seminar. I know you’ve got guys to prep for fights so let’s not waste any time. First off Joel, when people talk about managing the training process, it has to start with some sort of system for monitoring the athlete, their readiness, and ultimately, progress. How do you personally monitor your athletes and what tools do you use?

JJ: You’re definitely right, everything starts with monitoring and there are a lot of different tools that can be used for this depending on the athlete’s sport, level, and needs. First, I use both the Omegawave Sport system and my own HRV system, BioForce HRV, to monitor training readiness on a daily basis. This helps me fine-tune the daily training load based on their individual responses to the previous days of training and lifestyle influences such as how much sleep they got, mental stress levels, diet, etc.

During the training session itself, I’ll monitor the athlete’s heart rates, keep track of the weights they use, speed/power numbers using the Tendo unit, rest intervals, and general measures of performance, such as sprint times or distances, depending on their sport. I like to monitor how many total sets the athlete performs above 90% of their 1RM as well as how many total sets are performed below 90%. I’ve also begun using Polar’s T2 Team system to monitor and analyze heart rate data of the training session, and it has proved to be a very useful tool.

Essentially, the most important thing is to keep track of what the athlete is doing in their training and develop markers that you want to track over time. These markers will be a bit different for each sport, but once a system is in place it’s usually relatively easy to monitor the training process and takes just a little extra time to do each day. In the long run,  this can pay huge dividends in achieving results.

JD: Where and how would you recommend coaches start monitoring their athletes and what benefits they could see from some type of a daily monitoring system?

JJ: The best place to start is simply to make sure that each athlete is keeping a detailed training log of exactly what they are doing each training session. From there, the coach just needs to figure out how they want to quantify things, what exactly they want to track over time, and how they are going to do it.

The easiest way to do this is to learn how to work with excel and build a spreadsheet that will do most of the work for you so that each day there are measures for each player that are being monitored and tracked. There’s definitely some up front time involved in putting together a daily monitoring system, but once it’s in place it really shouldn’t take that much time each day.

To get started, coaches should sit down and determine what the biggest training variables are that ultimately impact performance in the sport. If it’s strength and power, you’re obviously going to want to monitor and track measures of strength and power more so than if it’s a sport that relies heavily on endurance or other areas. I would suggest asking yourself what the objectives of the training program are and then work backwards from there.

JD: Joel, thanks for taking the time to discuss your presentation with us. We’re really excited to have you back on campus at the University of Richmond for the 2012 Seminar. I’m sure our attendees are just as excited. We can’t wait to see the presentation. Any final thoughts or comments you’d like to add?

JJ: No problem, I’m very much looking forward to coming back and presenting again and I have to say, the line up of presenters you’ve put together this year is world-class and I’m excited to hear them speak myself. Anyone that doesn’t make it down to Richmond this year is going to be seriously missing out on some cutting edge information.  It’s not every day that this group of speakers is together in one place and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

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