The Beast Community in the USA continues to grow by adding University Colorado Pueblo and Coach Allen Hedrick to the list of schools/teams using Beast to help grow and develop collegiate athletes.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Allen Hedrick talks Beast and how he has implemented Beast at the NCAA Division II Schools program to help teach his athletes how to “Move with Intent.” Beast is proud to partner with Coaches like Jeff and provide a tool to help enable coaches to continue to be more effective with their athletes. We are looking forward to following UC Pueblo Football this coming season.
Beast: Coach thanks for talking with us, give the readers a summary of your professional background.
Allen has over 25+ years experience in Strength and Conditioning and has had the opportunity to coach with some of the best organizations, coaches, and players in his career and is now running the SC program at University Colorado Pueblo.
- 3 years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Fresno State University while I pursued my master’s degree in exercise science.
- 3 years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
- 3 years as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
- 9 years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
- 3 years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the National Strength and Conditioning Association in Colorado Springs.
- 8 years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University in Pueblo
Beast: Coach, how is CSU Pueblo SC using Beast?
Coach: At CSUP we use Beast to measure bar velocity with my athletes, making sure they are within the desired M/S recommendations based on the exercise they are performing and the goals of the training cycle.
Beast: What is the CSUP training style/philosophy you have implemened?
Coach: We us periodized training with an emphasis on weightlifting movements and standing free weight training. We also use a strong supplementation of dumbbell and implement (kegs/log/tires etc) training.
Beast: What teams have you started to implement Beast with?
Coach: We started implementing Beast Sensor with our football and women’s basketball team. We plan on implementing this on a larger scale as we learn to scale with Beast.
Beast: How did you measure your performance/results before Beast? And how is your process better or optimized because of Beast? And what, in your opinion, is the best feature about Beast?
Coach: Depends on the team being tested. But, for example, with football we perform 1-RM testing on cleans, squats, bench + 10 yard sprint and long jump. We have always put an emphasis on training velocity while strength/power testing, using the Beast allows us to measure and communicate their speed of movement during training. The instantaneous feedback for both me as the coach and our athletes is the best feature.
Beast: How has Beast helped to improve your athlete’s workouts? And how have they responded to using Beast?
Coach: Beast has helped by providing specific info on lifting speed, rather than just giving feedback such as faster, throw the bar etc. They know exactly what their bar speed is and this helps them understand the value of M/S info during training and appreciate the added benefit measuring bar speed provides to them making them more explosive and focused.
Beast: Since implementing Beast, what types of lifts are you tracking and how often do you use Beast in training?
Coach: We use the Beast Sensor on all barbell cleans, power jars, squats, deadlifts, and bench/incline press.
We are definitely looking forward to seeing the type of gains training with Beast will provide in our athletes performance next season.
Thanks Coach, best of luck to you and your athletes next season! We look forward to following along!