Carmen Bott has been coaching for over 20 years and is considered a resource in applied strength & conditioning for the combative and collision sport athlete population(s). Her methods are grounded in science, but it is her 20+ years of experience that allow her to transfer the science into practice. Carmen lectures and coaches internationally in the field of sport science. She is a Faculty member at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the Department of Kinesiology where she instructs Exercise Physiology & High Performance for Sport. She is also a Lecturer at Simon Fraser University.
“Just watch your athletes and if they can’t complete what you have programmed, give them a rest… then re-evaluate your programming”
"Pick your modality first and then base your programming around that…"
“Type I muscle for a combat sport athlete is just a garburator to allow your type II muscle to do more explosive work”
“For combat sports athlete, give them something they feel productive doing in their recovery during power conditioning”
“I borrowed a lot of exercises from wrestling coaches and then just added a bit more nuance to them for strength & conditining purposes”
“With international wrestlers, it becomes a game of fatigue management and making sure they physical qualities they already have are preserved"
“You can’t be too strong through mid-section or neck for combat sport athletes”
1) Carmen’s background including her time at university, masters thesis and introduction to S&C
2) The Wrestlers Edge program
3) The three types of special endurance – strength, speed and power endurance and how to train them
4) How to manage rest and recovery interval between special endurance blocks
5) The modes of exercise Carmen likes to use for special endurance: sprints/hill sprints, kettlebells, battle ropes, jump squats, uphill jumping
6) Insights into working with international wrestlers
7) Peaking considerations for wrestlers pre competition including aerobic power work to help with plasma volume losses during the weight cut
8) How strong is strong enough for the sport and how to assess what type off special endurance the athlete needs the most
9) Tests and standards for neck and trunk work for wrestlers
10) Comments on periodisation and vertical integration