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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...

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From the training floor, comparison of 2 VBT (velocity-based training) technologies

Bar Sensei / GymAware bar speed comparisons Date:  March 25, 2017 Location:  NSCA Headquarters, Colorado Springs, CO – USA During an Athletic Development clinic (Hammer Clinic -- Rocky Mountain Regional, hosted by NSCA) we had the opportunity to experiment with 3 distinct VBT products – Bar Sensei, GymAware, and Push.  The goal of this informal project was to use the products together in a typical S&C environment (applied setting), and see how the feedback compared.  We were fortunate that a Gentleman (who is a Powerlifter) attending the clinic brought his personal GymAware, so we took the opportunity to collect some data on the Squat to share.  Below you will see some data sets of bar speed feedback, PK and AVG...

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What's your POP? And why it matters.

By Scott Damman  During sport performance training, descriptors like explosiveness or starting strength are often loosely used to express an important athletic quality. And, Coaches use various training methodologies to develop or improve this quality. Velocity Based Training (VBT) using a barbell, bar speed training, is an accepted and emerging means to train speed and power. I’d say the intended purpose of VBT is to transfer this speed and power training to the field and create a more explosive athlete, right? If this is the case, what metrics are being used today to baseline & track progress, and what metrics may be missing? Feedback tools, like the Tendo or the Myotest, have existed to put numbers to VBT. These tools...

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Coordinated Power. Thinking through the Ballistic Ball

Original post February 2016 By Scott Damman  Headed back home right now after a lap through Florida, reflecting on the Ballistic Ball conversations over the past 4 days.  The goal of this trip was not to focus on demoing to prospective customers; rather, it was to visit with the existing Assess2Perform customer base, spend time talking about the Ballistic Ball & Bar Sensei use and application.  There is plenty to discuss for each product, but since bar speed / VBT is an established methodology, the emergence of the smart medicine ball made for fresh conversation.  The momentum is building. MLB is leading the way of market acceptance with the Ballistic Ball, and visiting our customer teams before camp broke to...

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