Science of Sports Performance

Interview With Yosef Johnson of Ultimate Athlete Concepts

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Yosef Johnson is the owner of UltimateAthleteConcepts.com, where he publishes original training manuals that have become the staple of sports performance training.  We asked Yosef a few questions about his company and some training advice![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

SO: How did initially get in contact with some of the top coaches in the world, and what led to publishing their books?

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YJ: I started working with Dr Michael Yessis in 1994. He was the one who introduced the Western world to what was being done in the USSR at that time. He has met and worked with many different scientists and coaches and through those relationships, I began to meet alot of the people I work with today.

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SO: You have a saying called “Cut The Check”, what do you mean by that and how does it dictate your training philosophy?

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YJ:  I have the credit Rasheed Wallace with that although it was a different context. We hear alot about FMS and HRV scores amongst many others. In my opinion, they mean very little to what really counts, which is getting the check cut in the form of a scholarship, pay check or medals. If the training does not result in one of those three, it does not mean much. CTC keeps me focused on what I am actually doing.

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SO: You have a saying called “Cut The Check”, what do you mean by that and how does it dictate your training philosophy?

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YJ:  I have the credit Rasheed Wallace with that although it was a different context. We hear alot about FMS and HRV scores amongst many others. In my opinion, they mean very little to what really counts, which is getting the check cut in the form of a scholarship, pay check or medals. If the training does not result in one of those three, it does not mean much. CTC keeps me focused on what I am actually doing.

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SO: What do coaches in other countries do better than we do in America?

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YJ: They focus on the goal. Here we get athletes stronger and in better “shape”, hoping it carries over to the field. In other countries, they only focus on how the training can most efficiently affect the performance of the athlete in their sport.

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SO: What is the biggest thing we can do as an industry to improve strength and conditioning for team sports?.

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YJ: Cut down the work load!!I believe many injuries are actually caused by the coaching being given. Strength and conditioning has gone off the rails in the sense that it is used to build “mental toughness” instead of making the athlete better.

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SO: If you were to give a single piece of training related advice to every coach in the country, what would it be? ?.

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YJ: Ask yourself exactly what is the point and how do I get there. This will lead you to ask better questions of others. You also need a very knowledgeable mentor. It’s impossible to take what you learned in college and from other books/seminars and put it into practice. Plumbers and electricians have to work under a master for four years to gain their license. I think something similar in the U.S. would be wise

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SO: You are a big advocate of Dr. Yessis training theories, what success have you had with it and what could most coaches take from his work?

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YJ: We have seen improvements that I have not seen with other coaches (and I know alot of them). He looks at the skills needed in a sport and begins to develop them from the bottom up in terms of technique, strength and explosiveness.

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SO: What reading literature would you recommend for coaches at every level (youth/high school/collegiate/pro)?

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YJ: All of Dr Yessis books are great. From there, each of our authors bring unique material to the table that has high value.

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SO: What conferences can we see you at this year?

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YJ: I will be in Minnesota in May and my good friend Matt Thome will be in Richmond this July on my behalf. I recommend everyone check out CVASPS.com

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Steve Olson

Steve Olson is a sports performance coach with a special interest in program design and periodization. He believes training is planning and tracking, and uses many different but effective methods of training for the short and long term development of athletes. He has trained Athletes from youth, high school, collegiate and professional, and utilizes different periodization models, training systems and modalities for each to maximize the athletic return from that athlete. He is also the owner and founder of Excel Training Designs, and can be reached at steveolson2202@gmail.com

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