In this episode Gerry has the pleasure of talking to sport scientist and coach Max Schmarzo. In addition to being a former athletic trainer and strength coach, Max is the Director of Sport Science at Resilience Code and Chief Science Officer of Exsurgo. He also is the man behind "Strong By Science," which is one of the most followed and sought after sources for training information on Instagram with over 100,000 followers around the world. Max is a tremendous resource for sport science and training and helps provide valuable content to athletes and coaches everywhere.
After a brief rundown of Max's background, basketball career, early influences on his strength training philosophies and and journey in starting Strong by Science, Max and Gerry discuss some basic principles of strength training and how we can understand the force velocity curve and assessing athletes and programming to reach maximal effectiveness and validate training methods. The two tackle the "strong enough," debate in terms of training and how strength in the barbell and strength/force in the context of the small windows of sport can differ.
Finally, Max and Gerry talk everything related to building your vertical jump, Max's own vertical program and how to assess what you may need in your training (force vs. speed work). Lastly, Max describes his journey and undertaking with Exsurgo, a company geared towards making cost effective and quality equipment to help measure metrics in training (vertical jump, sprint etc.).
All this and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!