Dr Bryan Mann - Velocity Based Training


Dr. Mann explains how he incorporates velocity based training into the different phases of an annual training plan.


So, some people want to talk about integrating VBT into an annual training plan, and one of the things I want to point out is that I’m not talking about changing periodization : « periodization doesn’t work, periodization is dead », I’m not one of those people at all. It think that you have to break down your training year in having it into different phases, even if it’s just general vs. special. I think there needs to be some sort of breakdown. All I’m talking about is changing the load, it’s a different load selection. 

For anatomical adaptation, well, during that phase, you have a large range of motion, low intensity, slow movements : velocity and percentage of 1RM is irrelevant.

For hypertrophy and endurance, well, hypertrophy has been greatly linked to time under tension, so if that is the case, if it’s just time under tension than again velocity is irrelevant. Unless you’re wanting to look at selective hypertrophy and we’ll get to that here momentarily.

Strength : I’m typically looking at 0.5m/s on down for absolute strength and about 0.7-0.8 on slower to make sure that we’re not doing things the wrong way. I’ll even look at the absolute cut-off or the percentage of cut-off and we’ll talk about that shortly.

And then strength/power. Again, exact same for strength, and for power i’ll break it down into strength speed or speed strength in training, based off of that.

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