LT 030 | Theo Pickles – The role of specificity in training

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In Episode 030 of the LEO Training Podcast I am joined by High Performance Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NOC*NSF, Theo Pickles.

Theo is a high performance strength and conditioning coach focused on elite development athletes. While development athletes are his primary area of focus he also works with established athletes.

These sports include
– Rowing (Senior Dutch National Team)
– Swimming (development and senior Dutch National Team),
– Equestrian (senior Dutch National Team),
– Ice Hockey (CTO) Eindhoven High Tecs, development Youth Team),
– Gymnastics (Senior Dutch Team) and
– Trampoline (Senior Dutch Team).

Theo’s specialties include: Strength and Conditioning Coaching, Olympic lifts, power development, speed development, youth development, rugby and collision sports.

Here’s what you will learn in this episode:

  • Theo’s background
  • Prescribing training load throughout the year
  • Development of strength in an endurance environment
  • Use of RSI
  • Recommendations for club/recreational rowers vs. high performance athletes
  • Paying attention to soreness and stiffness from training sessions
  • Boat speed after strength sessions
  • Why it’s important to do the same type of sessions in your sport and the gym on the same day
  • Do not prescribe specific weights.
  • Being a generalist
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

Theo Pickles (Twitter)