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Cal’s secret? Heart monitors

Did you have “heart monitors” in your office’s pool for Cal’s secret training technique? If so, congratulations.

Cal has a lengthy post over at his website about using the monitors, which measure the players’ exertion rate, sport zones, caloric expenditure and heart rate:

The device gives us the ability to monitor and check how much effort players are giving in real time. Because we are able to read their heart rates, now we know who is maxing out in practice and who is hiding, who thinks they’re going hard and who isn’t, who is able to push themselves through pain, and who has mental toughness to be special.

The team has been using the heart monitors in practice for about three weeks, and Cal says he’s seen improvement so far. Rock Oliver sits in front of a computer and monitors the players’ heart rates and exertion levels during practice in real time so that Cal is able to turn to him to ask if a certain player is giving their all, or if he needs to back off. The players have also been wearing the monitors during games, which explains why we saw an assistant help Alex Poythress adjust his a few weeks ago.

The players are interested in the readings, too. Cal said that they’ve been using the readings to judge how much harder they need to go in practice as well:

Another example: Since we started using the devices, Willie Cauley-Stein will look over during practice and ask what his rate is. If it’s at an 80-percent level, he’ll go harder to get his rate up. After practice, three or four guys walk over every time and ask how they did. That’s exactly what we hope the players will get out of this. It’s a great individual tool for each of them. If we are about players first, we have to help them become the best versions of themselves.

A mind-boggling stat from Cal’s post: by using the devices, they’ve learned that the players burn between 5,500 and 6,000 calories per day. PER DAY! Do you think they’d mind if I jumped in on some of these sessions? Talk about fulfilling your new year’s resolutions…

Check out Cal’s post to learn more:

[Coach Cal: The monitoring system doesn’t lie]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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53 responses to “Cal’s secret? Heart monitors”

  1. MJ4UK

    My guess was big blue kool aid darn it…

  2. Bobbum man

    NCAA will for some reason open an investigation of this in 3….2…..1……

  3. hoopcrew

    Cal. got this idea from the Miami Heat – theyused this in pre-season training, practices, workouts leading up to the season either last year or the year before (cant quite remember). But great tool to use!

  4. Delk for 3

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure Cal misspoke about how many calories they are burning.

  5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    I thought the secret was having them practice against old guys as shown in an earlier post.

  6. grammar police

    how much more harder?

  7. Adam

    I wonder if that was what they were fixing under Poythress’ jersey in one of the games earlier in the year. They pulled him out and lifted his jersey to take a look at something and then he was right back in.

  8. ruppcrazy

    4) Did you think that was a high number? I was honestly a little surprised that it wasn’t closer to 10,000.

  9. Adam

    4- Cal doesn’t misspeak. Get your mind straight!!!!

  10. ruppcrazy

    The thing is, it’s hard to eat remotely healthy food and get to 6,000 calories.

  11. Delk for 3

    It just seems like an excessively high number. You only burn 3000 or so running an entire marathon.

  12. ColeMan28

    Glad Rock Oliver can strength train the basketball players properly. Because it seemed every Saturday the UK football team was not nearly as strong nor had the cardio of other SEC teams. Here is to hoping Stoops brings in a top notch Strength and Conditioning Coach for football.

  13. ryan

    #10 – I wouldn’t say it’s hard, but it can be expensive, especially for a college student. They need to be eating a ton of protein (and fat). Unfortunately carbs are cheap, protein is not. 6,000 calories is about 6.5 lbs of skin-on chicken breast, which will cost you $20-30 a day if that was all you ate. (Obviously they’ll eat a mix of carbs, protein and fat, just saying that protein is more important and more expensive.)

  14. lonnieb

    @ Delk

    A 125 pound man jogging a long time is a big difference than someone sprinting and running hard everywhere they go……muscle mass and weight and all that stuff plays a role. .

    Per livestrong:
    For an average marathon runner, the heart rate during the race will range from 132 to 142 beats per minute. The heart rate will generally increase to 140 or more beats per minute during the first 30 to 60 minutes of the race and then slow down to a steady 135 beats per minute. These heart rate averages typically fall in the aerobic intensity zone based on percent of your maximum heart rate. The aerobic zone is 70 to 80 percent maximum heart rate and allows your body to transport oxygen to the working muscles during the marathon.

    The average US time for a marathon with recorded times is 4 hours and 37 minutes. I dont know if you played sports in college but I did and I guarantee you they work out at least 4 hours a day when you add in “voluntary” workouts.
    Most college teams have 6AM conditioning/weight lifting when not in current season. Then practice at least 2-3 hours everyday.

    These are 200-250 muscle beasts with HR probabaly between 180-200 beats per minute if they are at 90% max HR as mentioned above.

  15. clay

    #3 – Actually the idea has been around much longer than that. I was down in Austin TX in Feb of 2008 and the local call in show was talking about Texas having implemented them. At the time I was curious to know how widespread the practice was. My guess is that the “secret” ain’t so secret

  16. If I only had a heart

    UK better hope no player experiences a cardiac event in practice or a game. Can you say major lawsuit? Easy to prove coaches knew exactly what the condition of each player is throughout the practice or game.
    #12 LOL, so you’re saying UK just needed to be in better condition to compete in SEC FB. Putting together a team of highly conditioned, strength trained 2/3 star players and pitting them against highly conditioned 4/5 star players in the SEC doesn’t mean squat. So if UK FB players more conditioned last year, we would have lost to Vandy by only 40-17 or something? HINT: WE NEED TALENT and then we can worry about strength/cardio training.

  17. ryan

    #11 – Not really. Look up a daily calorie burn calculator, and one of these guys (say 6’6″, 250 lbs) going through a day of little activity (sitting, walking a little, sleeping) burns about 3,000 calories. Then add on their workouts. Working out at 80-90% of your max heart rate burns a ton of calories. I found an estimator that says that would be over 2000 calories in 2 hours (based on age 18 and 250 lbs). Not hard to tweak the inputs to get another 500-1000 calories/day.

  18. heart monitor

    Heart monitor revealed Poythress thus far playing without registering any data.

  19. SexnNursinHomes

    Two Grandslams @ Dennys will get ya 6000 cals.

  20. Delk for 3

    14 — 4 hours of practice is not constantly running and moving. A lot of practice is standing and listening. I don’t really care. I just think the number is overstated.

  21. sonny lesbos
    a lot of it depends on weight & height.
    brian long will never appreciate being able to burn 5000 calories/day

  22. please revise

    #20 Please revise your name to Delk for 2 1/2

  23. bsquared

    Michael Phelps eats 12000 calories a day when he trains so its not that far off

  24. Badams

    4, Michael Phelps used to have to eat 10,000 calories a day to help replace everything he burnt, I seriously doubt Cal misspoke. 16, monitoring the heart is a good way to prevent what you are talkin are talkin about, it allows the staff to know when a player needs to rest.

  25. Michael phelps

    I had to eat 62,000 calories a day when I was training!

  26. Ridge Runner

    Cal…simply awesome.

  27. Jonny P

    Michael phelps used to eat way more than that when he trained

  28. Stickman

    “A 125 pound man jogging a long time is a big difference than someone sprinting and running hard everywhere they go……muscle mass and weight and all that stuff plays a role.”

    They are actually around 160 lbs., not that that is a huge man by any stretch; but the important point is that they aren’t just “jogging.” Jogging is what a soccer mom does to complete 1 mile in 15 minutes or so 3 times a week.

    A serious marathoner is running close to 5 minute miles for 26.2 miles. Olympic level marathoners are running sub-5 minute miles. Sure it’s not a sprint, but that’s a damn fast pace to hold for 2 hours and 10 minutes.

    And by the way as an interesting side not, someone last night predicted in the comments section that the secret was heart monitors, so apparently there is at least one person (not me) that is not completely full of bull. Except UKfreshmen is always full of it. Always. Like a true fan of that little junior college down the road.

  29. Bobbum man

    Yea amazing someone guessed that, wonder if it was the fact that one of our players was wearing one in a game and everyone saw?

  30. Bobbum man

    By the way did u know Michael phelps apparently used to eat a lot of calories when he trained?

  31. knightynight

    @ Delk – all of those 6-7k calories will not be burned during practice. When you workout, especially with weights, your body burns calories for hours after the workout as well. You add this on top of the calories burned just be awake and it doesn’t take long to meet or exceed 6k calories per day.

  32. FakeAquabudda

    Word is that SexnNursinHomes burns about 30,000 calories on his weekend rounds

  33. Ridge Runner

    Just thinking… I bet MKG’s calories never had time to register to the positive. Like a continous burn.

  34. Al B. Frank

    I actually saw this predicted by a KSR poster last night: ” Just Sayin’ Says:
    January 2nd, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Cal’s thing he is releasing tomorrow will be about making players wear heart monitors to keep their heart rate up during practice. If the players dropped below a certain rate they had to run. Heard it here first.”

    So kudos to “Just Sayin'”

  35. UKBlue

    Whoever is concerned about calories obviously doesn’t work out much – these kids can burn 6-7K or more calories a day no problem. When Walter McCarty played, Rick used to make him drink high calorie shakes to try putting on weight, to no avail.

  36. Cameron

    Hey, whatever it takes, coach. No where to hide fellas.

    33) amen

  37. Heisenberg

    Delk for 3: you’re looking like a fool haha

  38. Lewke

    Another great example of gamification.

  39. Will S

    College athletes should be eating about 6,000 calories a day and still not gain weight, so it makes sense. Now Cal has medical evidence to rip Poythress/Harrow for not giving 100%. Genius.

  40. Michael Phelps

    that’s nothing … i used to consume upwards of 1 MILLION calories a day … i offset that by massive amounts of training, threesomes and exlax

  41. SexnNursinHomes

    32- haha, shhhhhh. No one needs to question how I got this very muscular, chiseled crotch.

  42. Mark Emmert

    Let me get this straight. You are using heart monitors as a training technique. huh!

  43. bluristhurr

    The number is inflated like everything else here in America.

  44. Ikie12pts

    Very entertaining thread,kids.

  45. Jughead

    Poythress’s only has to read into the single digits.

  46. RealCatsFan

    OK, so what’s next for Cal’s practices, shock collars? 😀

  47. RealCatsFan

    I can picture Kyle before the next game going up to an opponent and saying “I must break you” with a Russian accent.

  48. Syrin

    Why would you give away one of your competitive advantages?

  49. Jughead

    Can someone please show Wiltjer where the weight room is located? Sheesh…dude looks as soft as Homer Simpson.

  50. Lance A Boil

    I noticed a monitor on Poythress (I think) during the ESPN series. Not much of a “secret”

  51. VinnyCent

    Just Sayin’ Says:
    January 2nd, 2013 at 10:07 pm
    Cal’s thing he is releasing tomorrow will be about making players wear heart monitors to keep their heart rate up during practice. If the players dropped below a certain rate they had to run. Heard it here first.”

    KSR Needs to hire this man.

  52. lonnieb

    @ 50
    I think everyone thought that was specific to poythress and everyone saw him wearing it when they adjusted in a game early this season. Everybody started spreading rumors about him having heart problems.

  53. Hal-Miami

    Roses be red…
    Cat’s be blue…
    All them calories…
    Turn to super-pooh…