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Fitness Tech and Training Q and A w/ Team USA Strength and Conditioning Coach Rob Schwartz

I recently had the opportunity to interview Rob Schwartz, a Team USA strength and conditioning trainer for Acrobat & Combat Sports. Rob currently works with Olympic athletes in gymnastics, boxing, tae kwon do, judo, fencing, wrestling, synchronized swimming and diving. I wanted to choose his brain and get a glimpse of how sports fitness technologies (heart rate, calorie intake, calories burned, sleep monitoring, distance and time tracking, VO2 recording, total vertical gain, etc. .) are used in the training of Olympic athletes. and how Schwartz predicts consumer adoption of similar technologies in the future.

Q. Living in Denver and having visited the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center before, I remember the amount of gadgets and devices monitoring and tracking athletes’ progress in training. Could you explain the type of fitness technologies currently used by your athlete and the role they play in your daily training preparation?

A. For daily training activities, we mainly use video commentary, both in the weigh-in room and in the practice venue. In Strength and Conditioning, we always try to measure our athlete’s readiness, so we measure power outputs using Tendo units and force plates; this gives us information on how hard we can train each athlete on any given day. At predetermined times of the year, the sports dietitian tests athletes’ blood lactate levels during “live” practice to assess the physiological demands they face in competition. Some wrestlers have even had their blood lactate tested immediately after live matches. We are currently developing an app for athletes’ phones to monitor nutritional, psychological, training and recovery status. This is a short list; we also use many other modes of technology.

Q. It seems if Olympians were using technology in their training programs long before the recent consumer craze, would you say that many of today’s fitness gadgets are the result of what has been tested? and proven in the Olympic arena?

A. Not that I know of, when we coach world class athletes for Olympic competitions, we just don’t have time to field test technologies that have not been tested and proven in the field. We will receive emerging technologies from companies such as Nike and Samsung, but we are confident that when they arrive on our desk, they have been proven successful.

Q. Do you think the new fitness and health gadgets and apps will improve the health of our country and help citizens become more informed and active participants of their personal health?

A. I hope so; it mainly depends on the person and their goals. If the consumer is serious about getting in shape, I suggest they do their research and make sure they buy gear from reputable companies that have a proven track record in the market.

Q. One last question, some basic advice for those looking to start personal strength and conditioning training?

A. I would start by joining your local fitness center 24 hours a day and doing personal workouts. There is nothing better than an experienced trainer to provide feedback and steps for improvement. It is not recommended that you surf the Internet for advice or training tips as there is no professional feedback and the information you receive may not be believable or relevant to your personal goals.

I’m also a big fan of video commentary for athletes, as with a current world champion boxer that I train when the fight is over, the first thing we do on our flight home on the plane is to watch the video again on our smart phone and start preparing for the next one. fight.

To learn more about the United States Olympic Training Center or to schedule a visit, visit TeamUSA.org and potentially mingle with America’s top Olympic athletes and coaches.


Source by Chris M Roussy

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