Joel Smith on the Who, What, When, Where and Why of Elastic Training

Joel Smith considers himself a “born mover.”

As a young athlete, his passion for developing his athletic outputs—from movement and sprinting to jumping and dunking—led him to play at the national level in track and field and athletic performance coaching.

However, his mentality towards athletic development revolved around strength.

It wasn’t until learning from other great coaches and athletes that Joel evolved his training philosophy toward a harmony of elasticity, reactivity, and force production.

With these training principles at heart, Joel began helping coaches and athletes reach their highest potential through Just Fly Sports, an online platform he began in 2011.

Joel joins me today to discuss the who, what, when, where and why of elastic training and plyometrics.

He defines plyometrics and elastic training and shares what sparked his interest in them.

He underscores the value of incorporating play and games in athletic training, and explains how coaches can change elastic training for different age groups.

And Joel also highlights why coaches need to go beyond training athletes with barbells and outlines his thought process behind the creation of his Elastic Essentials course.


Elastic training is the purest function of the body. It is a lifestyle and a paradigm for everything. – Joel Smith


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • Joel’s background and what’s new in his world
  • What led Joel to his interest in plyometrics and elastic training
  • How introducing rhythm, games, and aliveness in training led to a decrease in injuries
  • Why coaches need to incorporate more plyometrics and elastic training in their programs
  • The value of bodyweight training and why barbells aren’t everything in athleticism
  • Approaching plyometrics with creativity and when to incorporate elastic training in programs
  • Adapting elastic training and plyometrics for different age groups
  • The value of incorporating games in warm-ups and training
  • The philosophy behind Joel’s Elastic Essentials course


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