In this episode Gerry talks to strength coach Kevin Poppe of Dynamic Sports Training. Kevin has been in the industry since 2011 and has trained various athletes including professional athletes from the MLB and NFL.
To start, Kevin and Gerry discuss the ever-so-popular topic of being "strong enough," and Kevin explains what it means to him to reach the peak of possible returns when it comes to increasing your overall number on the barbell when lifting. The conversation then turns to the idea of bar speed and moving loads faster, and how it will never be "enough," when it comes to showing force in faster ways. The two then talk about how velocity based training can come into play when looking to improve these characteristics.
From there, both talk all things related to speed. Building force, building the rate in which you can produce it and using plyometrics to build speed. Additionally, Kevin talks about the drop/false step and why it is far more effective than a traditional crossover step when it comes to baseball players running from a traditional baseball start.
To finish up, Gerry comes to the realization that they share similar backgrounds (not attending college to become a strength coach) and the two touch on what they went through/experienced in their journey into the industry and how you can become a coach without a formal education. Lastly, Kevin walks us through some important factors when it comes to in-season training, arm care and team sport conditioning.
All this and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!