Jamieson is a UFC strength and conditioning coach that has quite a few talented fighters under his belt. Some are renowned for their freakish level of conditioning. This book is the antidote to bro-science, training by feel, training myths, and crossfit. If you want to know how the pros really do it, this will show you. Jamieson explains the different physical attributes such as strength, maximum strength, strength This book will really open your eyes and dispel a lot of training myths.
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Since then, Joel sent me a copy of his Conditioning Blueprint DVD to review, and I realize now that I could have done an even better job in planning my training blocks. In Conditioning Blueprint, Joel explains some of the most common mistakes trainers make and provides proven techniques to better train athletes for their sports.
The DVD set is broken down into four modules: Module 1: Conditioning Essentials In this module, Joel explains how energy systems work and how athletic training affects the body. He also discusses theories about what causes fatigue. Conditioning is a measure of maximum sustainable power output over a given duration. The more power you can exert over a longer time, the better your conditioning will be.
Performance comes with good conditioning and a smart use of energy. I found the lecture in this module a little too complicated at first, but I watched it a couple of times, and since then, I can apply it directly to my training in BJJ. I can see how a new athlete will burn out after giving it his or her all after sixty to ninety seconds, and I understand now that if that athlete improves his or her aerobic capacity he or she will not fatigue as quickly.
The brain has to make sure it has energy, so it makes your muscles slow down. Joel explains how understanding the anaerobic power reserve is essential to conditioning and why aerobic fitness is essential to maintaining power output in athletic endeavors. Module 2: Methods of Conditioning In this module, Joel begins with an explanation of how to measure fitness levels in athletes and then provides a variety of methods to improve aerobic capacity and conditioning.
Joel explains how each of the methods affect the body, how long to do each of the techniques, and when to use them. He works with professional baseball player Howie Clark to demonstrate all of the different methods. Module 3: How to Write Effective Conditioning Programs In this module, Jamieson explains how to evaluate athletes in their sport to discover what their strengths are and what they need to work on. This module teaches trainers and athletes how to plan block training to meet their goals or sets of goals.
Sample programs are provided and explained for soccer and MMA. Joel explains that there are two reasons. The first is to prevent the body from being pushed to a state of overtraining where negative adaptations result. Jamieson identifies different tools that can be used regularly to monitor progress and recovery including his own invention, BioForce HRV , as well as several free measurement tools.
I have the BioForce HRV system and it is a great tool to determine whether your training is working and to improve your overall conditioning. Regular HRV monitoring also helps athletes to prevent overtraining and to plan their training load for best results. One thing Joel stresses is that communication between the trainer and athlete is important to eliminate any disconnect between how hard the trainer thinks the athlete is working and how hard the athlete feels he or she is working.
I think Conditioning Blueprint is best suited for training professionals who are helping clients prepare for their particular sports. Be aware that these training tools are for people who are serious about improving their conditioning.
They require focus and attention to get what you need out of them. Or Jakt magazine, if it exists. The first time I tried to read through the book I found it complicated and gave up a lot of times without completing the whole thing. It has a lot of the same information as the DVD set, but I found it easier to follow along with when trying to develop my own program. The DVD set offers video instruction on how to do a lot of the conditioning exercises recommended in the book, which helps a lot, but the strength portion of programming is not provided.
Has the ultimate mma conditioning book been updated? (Joel Jamieson)
Why am I digging into again? Because I am reminded of something I may have forgot and I also learn something new every single time I read the book — its chalked full of great information on conditioning. There is a difference between building bigger muscles and building muscles that can perform. Strength and power are only as good as your ability to use them. Likewise, you might have great endurance and be able to run a marathon, but if your weak and have no explosive power, you can end up getting pushed around and controlled by a bigger, faster, stronger opponent. If you want to improve your conditioning and turn it into a weapon then you must work on it year round.
Joel Jamieson's "Conditioning Blueprint" (DVD Review)
Hey Joel! Thank you very much for agreeing to conduct this interview. No problem Bret, thanks for having me on your site! My focus back in those days was really on the strength and power side of things as those were mostly the kind of athletes with whom I worked. I later spent some time working with the Seattle Seahawks and then opened my own training facility in Little did I know it at the time, but Matt was one of the very best MMA coaches in the world and was the official trainer for PrideFC, so he had a steady stream of world class fighters coming through his gym. This was back in early and Matt and I have been working together to train fighters ever since.