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Brent Vaughn on General Strength

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CoachJay   Dec 15th 2008, 10:01pm

Brent Vaughn talks about how he incorporates general strength into his training while demonstrating the pedestal/plank routine.

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Seahawk Runner
Is there anywhere we can find a description of the sit up he is talking about during the big 12?
I hope this is ok that I'm commenting on the video. I just watched it for the first time in probably 6 months. Some thoughts.

Body Angles
- His hips are two low on the last exercise (supine, bent knee). The first side, with his left foot on the ground, his body angles - specifically his hips "up" - are great. But when he switches and has his right foot on the ground notice how his hips dip. Specifically, you can't draw a straight line from his shoulder to his knee. Now, this is could just be fatigue - last exercise in a difficult circuit - yet watching it makes me cringe because if it was a fatigue issue then why was the first side so good? I bring this up for a couple of reasons.

a) I'm not a PT or a physio or a message theraphist, yet as a coach I should be able to see these types of a-symetries and then report them to the physio/PT/soft tissue person
maybe one day I'll be 1/100th of the coach that Dan Pfaff is and I can help an athlete correct this type of issue through training (problem is Dan's a genius and Im not).

B) Don't assume it is weakness on the right side. Could be something else. Again, I'm not the guy to figure this out, but so often the "issue" that presents itself is the root of the problem. Even an achilies issue could be glutt/hamstring/SI/TFL issue on the oppostite side...and roughly two feet from the area that the athlete says is screwed up.

c) This is still a guy with an Olympic A standard (this was shoot about a month after he ran sub 13:20). Does he have asymmetry? Yes. Is he a stud? Yes. My point? Don't forget that most fast runners have some asymmetries and that is not the end of the world.

...I hate looking at video and finding these mistakes, but it does highlight how easy it is as a coach to miss the little things. But the good news is that it's easy to see - on one side there is a straight ling from shoulder to knee and on the other there is not.

Now that he's out of college Brent does the Wharton AIS rope stretching 2-3 times a day; he now has very good flexibility/ROM and when I see him tomorrow we'll go through this routine to see where he is in terms of strength and flexibility.

Endocrine System
- I can't prove that doing this stuff actually up regulated his levels of HGH or testosterone after the workout, yet the experiential data would show that the people that do a lot of this work have fewer interruptions. Think of General Strength as having the following benefits:

- Hormonal Response, post workout, which should aid in recovery as well as improve the ability to handle more training
- Improving your strength and flexibility in all three planes of motion, which should allow you to train more miles or train at a higher intensity
- The first step towards decreasing ground contact time

Finally, ancillary work is even more important for women because they naturally have lower testosterone levels, yet this type of work should up regulate testosterone....and no, you will no grow a mustache.

That's it. I don't coach Brent - Greg Weich, who has coached 6 footlocker finalists (I think - i might have left one off) - coaches Mr. Vaughn. I write his ancillary training, which he does religiously, making it that much more enjoyable to write for him. A former CU athlete said it best last spring - "Brent Vaughn has a great attention span for difficult work."

Email me at coachjayjohnson@gmail.com if you have questions.
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