Chidi Enyia on Building Explosive Speed, Strength and Power with Potentiation

Chidi Enyia is a Sprints, Hurdles, and Jumps Coach for ALTIS, a fitness company designed to provide an environment where elite track and field athletes can grow to become better at their chosen sport. They have state-of-the-art training facilities, a robust clientele, and professional and certified coaches.

He has over 20 years experience training athletes at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. Before he started his journey with ALTIS, Chidi was a sprints coach for the track team at Southern Illinois University.

Chidi joins me today to discuss the concept of potentiation and how he applies its science to his athletes. He shares his story on how he became passionate about fitness and how he survived cancer. He describes what potentiation is and the principles behind it as well as explains how coaches can apply potentiation to any sport. He also shares examples of training routines and advice on how to be a great coach when your athletes are experiencing mental hurdles.

Potentiation is a physiological condition where the force exerted by a muscle is increased due to a pre-conditioning activity or contraction. – Chidi Enyia

This week on The Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • What potentiation is and how to apply it to athletic fitness.
  • Chidi’s early career, his bout with cancer, and what he’s doing today.
  • The lessons he’s learned after surviving cancer and how he applies them to his coaching.
  • The three primary neurophysiological mechanisms responsible for potentiation.
  • How he uses the concept of potentiation with his clients.
  • Examples of integrated potentiation in training.
  • The amount of time you should devote for potentiation exercise.
  • The mistakes he made in implementing potentiation training to his athletes.
  • Knowing when potentiation training is working and how to fix it.
  • The recommended potentiation training and activities for team sports.

Chidi Enyia’s Life & Training Advice for Fitness Coaches:

  • As you evolve as a coach, you don’t break out all the great tricks you have on day one.
  • Be brave enough to take risks and to make decisions, but still look for context.
  • Experience will teach you to be more accurate as a coach, but it won’t make you immune to making mistakes.

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