LT 098 | Alex Wolf – Training for the Complete Rower

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In this week’s podcast episode I had the pleasure to sit down with Alex Wolf, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for English Institute of Sport.

Alex Wolf is the Head of Strength and Conditioning for the English Institute of Sport where he leads a team of 60 plus Strength and Conditioning Coaches working with the majority of Olympic and Paralympic sports for Team GB.  Alex spent almost six years working with GB Rowing including the preparation for London 2012 where the GB Rowing Team topped the medal table with their best ever medal haul.  Alex has spent over a decade working in elite and high performance sports working across Olympic, Paralympic and Professional sports in the UK and abroad. Alex is currently completing his PhD around neuromuscular physiology and biomechanics out of the Biodynamics Laboratories at Imperial College, London.

In addition, he is the co-author of the book “Training the Complete Rower” along with Coach Paul Thompson. This interview is a fantastic look into the training principles executed by one of the most successful rowing teams in the world. Alex discusses the strategies and principles of the book as well as the key lessons he learned that he feels are invaluable to rowers.

3 Things you will learn:

  1. Evidence of strength training improving force development and power
  2. What skills/lifts give the best return to the rowing stroke?
  3. Technique vs. load – Why going heavier does not always translate to greater force production

Interview Topics:

  • Training Paradigm of: fundamental skill development, conditioning training, high force and speed training, specific sports performance
  • Evidence of strength training on force and power development for endurance athletes and balancing this during these types of efforts during the weekly training sessions.
  • How do you evaluate/assess a brand new athlete?
  • Why do you want to complete explosive strength training prior to heavy strength training and not the reverse?
  • Technique vs. Load – Why going heavier does not always translate to increases in force production.
  • and much more!

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