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    Vern Gambetta on #17971

    If in doubt add a load and slow the movement down! If a ten-kilo weight vest is good for weighted sprints then a thirty-kilo vest is obviously three times as good. Why? Adding load is very quantifiable; it makes it easy to measure progress. Adding load slows movement down and makes it easier to see, but does it transfer? If I can perform the run, jump or throw with more resistance certainly there

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    Christopher Glaeser on #112357

    Adding load is very quantifiable; it makes it easy to measure progress.

    Hi Vern,

    A timely post. I was talking to Aaron Thigpen and Carl Valle about this topic earlier this week.

    In addition to load, another parameter that is quantifiable is speed. Some coaches select the load based on a percentage of body weight and other coaches select the load based on percentage of speed reduction. Do you measure and log load/speed progression, and if so, how would you characterize the typical progression? In particular, are athletes generally able to increase the load and/or speed over multiple sessions, and does this correlate with their unloaded speed?

    Best,
    Christopher

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    johnstrang on #112366

    [quote author="Vern Gambetta" date="1321508908"]Adding load is very quantifiable; it makes it easy to measure progress.

    Hi Vern,

    A timely post. I was talking to Aaron Thigpen and Carl Valle about this topic earlier this week.

    In addition to load, another parameter that is quantifiable is speed. Some coaches select the load based on a percentage of body weight and other coaches select the load based on percentage of speed reduction. Do you measure and log load/speed progression, and if so, how would you characterize the typical progression? In particular, are athletes generally able to increase the load and/or speed over multiple sessions, and does this correlate with their unloaded speed?

    Best,
    Christopher[/quote]

    Just as a heads up Christopher, I have yet to see Vern post a reply on one of his blogs and you most likely will not get an answer from him regarding your question.

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    Christopher Glaeser on #112368

    Thanks, John, that’s good to know. Apparently Vern’s blog is syndicated. If anyone has comments on measuring the speed of resisted accelerations and sprints, please feel free to respond.

    Best,
    Christopher

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