TRAINING

An Event and Testing System a Minnesota Strength Coach Designed to Win Titles

A Minnesota strength and conditioning coordinator has created a formula to measure pound-for-pound strength and absolute power for each player. When those two results are added together, he determines each player’s performance rating, which is a predictor of each player’s performance before he takes the field.

Ryan Johnson has been asked to speak at national analytics conferences and high-tech conventions, and he always makes sure to clarify that he is a HIGH SCHOOL strength and conditioning coach before he agrees to speak.

Sometimes, the person extending the invite apologizes for the confusion and moves on to the next option. Sometimes, Johnson is given an opportunity so share his strength training philosophy. In those instances, the person on the other end of the line usually doubles down on the invite.

Johnson has designed strength programs for 36 state champion teams in the Wayzata Public Schools (Minn.). For the three-time state champion football team, he is Director of Operations and Player Development. In 2010, he was named the NSCA Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year.

Johnson created the Trojan Olympics – a series of running, jumping, and lifting events. At the end of the Olympics, the results are compiled to provide the raw data for scoring.  The highest point total individual is crowned the champion. All participants are then placed into categories based on their results.

These scores are also posted on the weight room display board with the top three individuals in each grade. These scores incorporate the following exercises: Bench, Squat, Clean and Vertical Jump.

TSR = Trojan Strength Rating: Sum of total (bench + squat + clean) multiplied by 58. This is a formula that allows coaches to measure pound-for-pound strength and favors a lighter athlete.

PF = Power Factor: TSR + (21.1 x (Vertical Leap in Inches x 2.54)+36 x (Weight in Lbs./2.2)-1393)/15)

This equation measures the absolute power of an athlete and favors a heavier athlete.

PR = Performance Rating: A combined score of TSR and PF. This score provides the rank order of athletes that go on the board in the weight room and also serves as a predictor of performance outside of sport skill.

     Trojan Olympics
T-Score Bench  Squat Vertical 40yd Dash Clean 20yd Dash Pro-Agility Broad
(points) (strength) (strength) (power) (speed) (power) (speed) (agility) (power)
20 50 125 4 5.85 50 3.6 6.5 50
21 130 51
22 55 135 5.8 55 6.4 52
23 140 5 3.55 53
24 60 145 60 6.3 54
25 150 5.75 55
26 65 155 6 65 3.5 6.2 56
27 160 57
28 70 165 5.7 70 6.1 58
29 170 7 3.45 59
30 75 175 75 6 60
31 180 5.65 61
32 80 185 8 80 3.4 5.9 62
33 190 63
34 85 195 5.6 85 5.8 64
35 200 9 3.35 65
36 90 205 90 5.7 66
37 210 5.55 67
38 95 215 10 95 3.3 5.6 68
39 220 69
40 100 225 5.5 100 5.5 70
41 105 230 11 105 3.25 71
42 110 235 110 5.4 72
43 115 240 5.45 115 73
44 120 245 12 120 3.2 5.3 74
45 125 250 125 75
46 130 255 5.4 130 5.2 76
47 135 260 13 135 3.15 77
48 140 265 140 5.1 78
49 145 270 5.35 145 79
50 150 275 14 150 3.1 5 80
51 155 280 155 81
52 160 285 5.3 160 4.95 82
53 165 290 15 165 3.05 83
54 170 295 170 4.9 84
55 175 300 5.25 175 85
56 180 305 16 180 3 4.85 86
57 185 310 185 87
58 190 315 5.2 190 4.8 88
59 320 17 2.95 89
60 195 325 17.5 195 4.75 90
61 330 18 5.15 91
62 200 335 18.5 200 2.9 4.7 92
63 340 19 93
64 205 345 19.5 5.1 205 4.65 94
65 350 20 2.85 95
66 210 355 20.5 5.05 210 4.6 96
     Trojan Olympics
T-Score Bench Squat Vertical jump 40yd Dash Clean 20yd Dash Pro-Agility
(points) (strength) (strength) (power) (speed) (power) (speed) (agility)
67 360 21 5 97
68 215 365 21.5 215 2.8 4.55 98
69 370 22 4.95 99
70 220 375 22.5 220 2.75 4.5 100
71 380 23 4.9 101
72 225 385 23.5 225 2.7 4.45 102
73 230 390 24 4.85 230 103
74 235 395 24.5 235 2.65 4.4 104
75 240 400 25 4.8 240 105
76 245 405 25.5 245 2.6 4.35 106
77 250 410 26 4.75 250 107
78 255 415 26.5 255 2.55 4.3 108
79 260 420 27 4.7 260 109
80 265 425 27.5 265 2.5 4.25 110
81 270 430 28 4.65 270 111
82 275 435 28.5 275 2.45 4.2 112
83 280 440 29 280 113
84 285 445 29.5 4.6 285 2.4 4.15 114
85 290 450 30 290 115
86 295 455 31 295 2.35 4.1 116
87 300 460 32 4.55 300 117
88 305 465 33 305 2.3 4.05 118
89 310 470 34 310 119
90 315 475 35 4.5 315 2.25 4 120
All-American 315   +200 465   +200 30      -200 4.6     -200 350   +200 2.4     -200 4.2     -200 120
275    -200 375    -200 27     +200 4.8    +200 300    -200 2.65   +200 4.7    +200 115
All-State 300   +200 400   +200 28      -200 4.7     -200 325   +200 2.5     -200 4.4     -200 110
250    -200 350    -200 25     +200 5.0    +200 275    -200 2.8     +200 4.9    +200 105
All-Conference 275   +200 375   +200 26      -200 4.8     -200 275   +200 2.65    -200 4.6     -200 100
225    -200 315    -200 23     +200 5.1    +200 250    -200 2.85   +200 5.1    +200 95
* +/- 200 pounds (body weight) allows for two separate catagories (classes)
500 Points Trojan Elite Level 350 Points White Level
450 Points Gold Level 300 Points Silver Level
400 Points Blue Level Below 300 Bronze Level
This chart measures the physical characteristics of an athlete, it does not measure the
emotional characteristics such as heart, determination, and discipline.  These characteristics
and the ability to overcome adversity are the true tests of an athlete.