Max Schmarzo on Plyometrics, Jump Training and Elite Athleticism
Playing sports initiates all things performance, whether it’s about trying to be a better jump shooter or a better athlete. And that’s exactly the catalyst that sparked the passion of applied sports scientist and educator Max Schmarzo. After playing Division III Basketball for Coe College, where he also completed his degrees in athletic training and strength & conditioning, Max was further inspired by the knowledge and experience he earned as an undergrad and collegiate athlete. He later furthered his studies and earned his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Iowa State University. Today, in addition to his work as a professional consultant, Max is the founder of Strong by Science and co-founder of EdgeU, a platform that helps others develop their craft as trainers, coaches, and therapists. Max joins me today to share his humble beginnings as a basketball player and discuss what inspired his passion for jump training. He differentiates extensive from intensive jump training and describes their inverse relationship with each other. Max explains the different variables he considers when developing a training program and discusses the different kinds of jumps and jumpers. He also highlights the foundational quality of strength training in developing jumps and underscores the importance of bringing critical thinking to physical preparation. Jumping is pure movement. When someone jumps really high, it’s a pure expression of something immediate that we can’t really describe. – Max Schmarzo This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast: Max’s background and his early experiences in Physical Preparation and Strength & Conditioning His frustrations with basketball and how he was introduced to biomechanics at a young age What sparked Max’s enthusiasm and dedication to jump training The difference between extensive and intensive jump training and how they’re inversely related When and where to implement extensive and intensive jump training Why people have challenges with the landing aspect of plyometrics The difference between jump training and plyometrics The different kinds of jumps and jumpers The role of stiffness and ankle work in jumps How maximum effort can make people revert to bad habits The value of strength training in improving the vertical jump The reason it’s important to track your progress when jump training The value of data interpretation and critical thinking The biggest mistakes people make with their jump training How to get the most out of your jump training The good and the bad of fitness apps and technology Resources Mentioned: Always an Athlete Connect with Max: Strong by Science The EdgeU Strong by Science Podcast The Max & Vernon Project Podcast Strong by Science on YouTube Strong by Science on Instagram Strong by Science on Twitter Strong by Science on Facebook Always an Athlete on Instagram Momentous – The Cleanest Recovery Products in the World Momentous is a world-renowned sports performance and recovery supplement. Preferred by top-level athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA, Momentous is NSF and Informed Sports Certified. Experience the best-tasting, cleanest recovery products in the world and take your performance to the next level. Choose Momentous. For more information on Momentous or to place your first order, visit www.livemomentous.com/robertson – use the coupon code: Robertson20 at checkout to receive 20% off your first order or receive a free 3-pack sample. Subscribe, Rate & Share! Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of The Physical Preparation Podcast with Mike Robertson – your one-stop-shop for fitness trainers, coaches, and athletes. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Google Podcasts and leave your honest review. I’d also love to connect via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit our website. And last but not least, please don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with your friends on social media. Thank you! The post Max Schmarzo on Plyometrics, Jump Training and Elite Athleticism appeared first on Robertson Training Systems.