Longhorn athletics strength training

Uploaded by utaustintexas on 28.08.2008

[Sounds from weight room]
Jeff Madden The difference between a Gold's Gym and The University of Texas gym is very vast.
We're not into the personal training and individual training, we're into training teams.
In our facility here at the Nasser Al-Rashid facility we can train a whole football team at one time.
That means I have 125 guys in here working at one time and nobody's waiting -- there's always equipment for them to work on.
Dr. Coyle and Charlie Craven up there in the Human Performance Lab really help us a lot.
During the course of the year they find who they think are their most talented graduate students
and what we've done is we've brought them down here and they've done their internships
here with us in the strength and conditioning department.
They help with our nutrition as well as our strength and conditioning.
Vanessa Martinez My name is Vanessa Martinez, I am a first-year graduate student and also a UT former soccer player.
Hey girls. Ok, here we have the sheets where we are going to record the data. We are going to use this test right here.
So, after the long jump they are going to do the 40-yard dash and then the Yo Yo.
Dr. Ed Coyle Most of my graduate students are former athletes.
I, myself, was a competitive middle distance runner long ago.
Of course, athletes have a challenging job in their studying and the training and the traveling
and so we're trying to find what the most efficient methods for training are.
And ways that they can recover from their intense training and prepare for the competitions and peak and perform to their best.
We've been studying Lance Armstrong in the laboratory for 12 years.
Over this period he's trained so hard he's improved his muscle efficiency a whopping 8 percent.
We think that's because he's adapted his muscle.
Tom Reeck A large part of it is genetic. It's a combination of the two. They can raise the intensity of their training in order to increase their VO2 max.
They can also look at their lactate thresholds, their muscular efficiency in terms of their fiber types.
Type one fibers typically are more associated with endurance athletes whereas type two is more of a power type fiber.
Dr. Ed Coyle Our laboratory 22 years ago focused on methods of delaying fatigue in endurance bicyclists and marathon runners.
What to eat, how much to eat, when to eat it. We developed methods for carbohydrate loading, that is,
how much carbohydrate to take in the days before competition as well as the amounts and types of carbohydrate, water and salt to take in
with the goal of resynthesizing your muscle energy stores, that is, your muscle glycogen.
Todd Wright Strength training in the last couple of years has really started moving more towards the understanding of movement
and not so much just squatting, bench pressing.
It's understanding the movements that an athlete executes while he's in a game.
Some of the equipment in the room is actually tailor made to the much taller guys, the 7-foot guys.
We have a pulley system right here that was cut at 10 feet and the racks that have the platforms over there
are actually tailor made custom at a 10-foot height to handle the needs of the taller athlete.
Well, I've been very fortunate to work with a lot of different students since I've been here at the university.
And some of them have come from the master's program under the guidance of Eddie Coyle.
But I've really enjoyed having those students because this is what they want to do for a living.
And so they challenge my thought process in regards to training. Always questioning why, why.
Everything we do training-wise has a purpose and so, if I can't answer why when we're doing it
there's a good chance we shouldn't be doing it.
Dr. Ed Coyle We can learn from the athletes and then we can demonstrate to the athletes and coaches better ways to train
so, they can achieve their performance goals with less energy and with more certainty that things will go right and be on track.
Jeff Madden Every major university in the top 25 has sent their athletic department here to look at our facility
and you know, yeah, people emulate us.
Todd Wright And I think where a lot of universities have cut corners The University of Texas said look,
we're going to make it the best and we're going to make people try to compete against it
and we're going to give our student athletes a great opportunity to be successful while they're here.