Bar Sensei – Unwrapping Velocity Based Training


by Sam Portland, guest writer.  Having played around with the Bar Sensei now for a few months I feel I’m quick getting my feet under the table with regards to the product.  Sitting here now I wish I had purchased the Ballistic Ball, but I am sure I will at some point.  For me personally I like to be able to quantify training quite easily with a good degree of accuracy.  As a consultant strength and conditioning coach for teams, using the Bar Sensei is a real practical and transferable kit piece with a very reasonable price tag.

Using the Bar Sensei to map out a Force Velocity Trace

The reason why I purchased Bar Sensei is because I feel that velocity based training (VBT) is an essential driver towards optimising athletic performance.  I think its common-sense to presume that if you are looking to make meaningful change in the athlete’s program, then you need to understand transfer of training.  What I have found also using the Bar Sensei is being able to manage more closely the training-load response with my athlete. I am actually giving less and getting more, which is perfect.

The great thing about Bar Sensei is that is it small enough to fit in your pocket and ridiculously simple to get going.  I love the fact that you can export all your own data to run analysis and track trends.  As a pre-release customer I have had the pleasure in seeing the platform develop with the recent upgrade and I feel that the software is going from strong to stronger.

Sam Portland is a Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach who consultants via Sportland Training and Fitness. Sam has previous experience working with Wasps Rugby, Rosslyn Park & Brunel University and currently works track and field and semi professional rugby union.  Follow Sam on Twitter @SPORTLAND_TNF