Episode 16 of the Performance Concepts Chat features Brendan Murphy — a Strength and Conditioning coach working out of the Canadian Sport Institute in Ontario. Brendan works directly with the Canadian Track Cycling National Team program, handling all of their off-bike strength and conditioning needs. Originally from Ireland, Brendan first came to Vancouver, BC, Canada to pursue a career in physical preparation and sport performance after having worked with multiple sports in Ireland. Originally, Brendan’s areas of expertise were in Athletics and Gaelic Football, two sports he excelled in as an athlete. He rose to National level status in the 400m hurdles and began to understand the strong connection between speed development and longer efforts on the track. His experience in Athletics has helped him immensely in working with elite cyclists, particularly on the sprinting side of the equation.
We spend a good deal of time with Brendan discussing the importance of securing transfer of training for the cycling athletes from the work performed off the track. Does lifting heavier weights always result in greater force production through the pedals and faster performances on the track? How important is the relationship with the sport specific coaching staff for a physical preparation coach? Does a physical preparation coach participate in the development of on-track training sessions? These are all important questions when trying to effectively contribute towards the attainment of gold at the Olympic Games. Brendan addresses all of these issues in our chat while commuting on the freeways of Toronto, Ontario.
Brendan can be followed on Twitter via @brendanM400 as well as on Instagram via @brendanm400 where you can view the progress of the Canadian Track Cycling team as they work towards the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
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