Although athleticism can be measured in many ways, one of the ultimate tests is the Olympic decathlon.
With its unique combo of strength, agility, speed, and explosiveness, the decathlon is ranked as one of the most elite competitions. As proof of the decathlon’s eliteness, the victor is awarded the golden title, “World’s Greatest Athlete” (think Jim Thorpe and Bruce Jenner).
After hearing about what goes on in the games, we wondered what a decathlete’s typical training day looks like. And let’s just say it’s more intense than you probably guessed!
Want to experience a minute of a decathlete’s regular workout routine? Check out Cal Dietz’s video below:
You may be wondering what the French contrast method has to do with decathlon training. The answer is explosiveness! The key to the “World’s Greatest Athlete” is explosive athleticism.
Cal Dietz popularized the French contrast training method because he realized it has the ability to increase explosiveness by engaging a greater number of muscle fibers than typical exercises.
Since this method puts high amounts of stress on the athlete, we should mention that French contrast training should only be used by experienced athletes. Now you can see why decathlon training is so intense!
Not a decathlete yet? No problem!
Besides helping you strengthen your experience base, Cal Dietz can get you decathlon ready!
In addition to popularizing the French contrast method and developing triphasic training, Dietz is the head Strength and Conditioning coach at the University of Minnesota (UM).
In his 16 year tenure at UM, Dietz has trained numerous award-winning athletes and teams and has consulted Olympic and world champions, as well as professional athletes in the NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB.
Take the next step in becoming an explosive athlete by joining Dietz’s Multi-Sport Advanced Collegiate Triphasic Training program. For a one-time fee of $15, you will receive six weeks of workout plans, workout demonstrations and tips, lifetime access to the program, and workout reminders.
Video credit: Calvin Dietz