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: