Historic Performance Podcast #95 - Alex Natera


In the 95th episode of the Historic Performance Podcast, I interview Alex Natera. Alex is a Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach at Aspire Academy Athletics in Doha, Qatar.

Alex has been fortunate enough to ply his trade, and learn his craft, from influences working across the globe in a variety of sports including Premier League Soccer and Championship Level Rugby. As a previous S&C coach for both the English Institute of Sport and the South Australian Sport Institute, Alex’s extensive work with sprint cycling, modern pentathlon and sprint canoe-kayak broadened his skill set and expertise in the physical preparation of high performance athletes.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Sport Science, a Master’s degree in Applied Sport Science, the ASCC from the UKSCA and the CSCS from the NSCA and is currently undertaking a PhD where he is investigating a novel aspect of power developmentn- repeat power ability and the influence of high volume power training.

In this episode, Alex discusses the Aspire Academy youth development model, the deficiencies of just using traditional strength & power training with more advanced athletes, programming eccentric & high intensity isometric training, and the minimal effective dose needed to maintain eccentric adaptations.

Overview of Podcast Episode

Here is a brief outline of what we covered in the show - 

  • Aspire Academy youth development model
  • How are KPIs & strength/power targets determined for the performance group (elite adolescent athletes)?
  • Isometric & eccentric training - when do you start to incorporate within the Aspire Academy youth development model?
  • Disadvantages of just using traditional strength & power training for advanced running based athletes
  • The spring mass model - what occurs during running?
  • How you first started using eccentric & high intensity isometric training with your athletes?
  • Programming eccentric & high intensity isometrics 
  • How to contact?

Connect with Alex

Twitter: @alex_natera

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