Shannon Grady: Founder and CEO

Shannon graduated with a B.S./M.S. in Exercise Physiology/Biochemistry from the University of Florida.

When I first started out as a Sports Physiologist, I worked at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. We had many groups that utilized our Sports Science resources including resident athletes and coaches, visiting athletes and coaches, and Elite or Jr. Elite development groups. As a Sports Physiologist, my job was to provide appropriate testing and feedback on each athlete and for the coaches to implement into their training plans.

I quickly learned that bridge in the physiological testing results and the coaches ability to apply this to real training (specific workouts and paces) was eminence. Information provided to the coaches was not in a language in which they could design appropriate training plans that would properly achieve the intended physiological response. On the flip side, most coaches did not have the capability to properly create a workout because they did not have the knowledge of the physiological systems and training parameters to facilitate such responses. After testing and evaluation most coaches would just resume their same training methods and come back in a few months or the next year to see if the athletes made progress in any of the testing areas.

This was quite alarming to me. Our system to provide top athletes and coaches with the best information and methodology for optimized training responses had many weak links. Availing a dual role as a physiologist and elite athlete, I knew change was necessary. We needed a more symbiotic relationship between the scientist and coaches that will ultimately impact the success of countless athletes.

This was when my quest for answers began and my inner challenge to contribute something significant to my two passions; science and sport. System Based Training™ (SBT) was developed over 15 years evaluating a heterogenous data set of over 90,000 athlete samples using a myriad of testing protocols along with biochemical and physiological analysis.

The goal of SBT is to provide coaches with a sound platform in which to develop individualized training plans that will achieve intended physiological objectives. SBT provides an advantageous approach to optimizing training by integrating BOTH applied physiology and applied biochemistry in order to provide precise individualization of each training program. The SBT methodology has demonstrated to provide optimized and accelerated physiological and performance responses.

SBT is strictly based on scientific evidence and not any one training philosophy. Many training philosophies are developed by trial and error and then applied to many athletes with the chance that it will work for some. Aspects of most training philosophies have merit whether it is volume based, speed based, threshold based, or strength based. They all have some piece of valuable physiological basis but they most often miss the big picture on overall individualization and performance application.

Most often the flaws with many philosophies is that they emphasize one training aspect too heavily and apply it to all athletes. Optimal training response in the majority of athletes will not occur utilizing these popular training application methods. SBT gives results and feedback on each athlete on a regular basis to KNOW if the training stimulus is working for each athlete. Results speak and SBT provides Real Results in hundreds of athlete performances every day! 15 years of SBT athlete samples has provided an enormous data set in which to validate SBT amongst a multitude of physiological blueprints and athletic events.

Many coaches ask, does it work for all sports? YES, many times YES. Human physiology is the same no matter what sport you partake. It does not matter if you are a runner, swimmer, rower, cyclist, or walker. The difference in the strength of response does have a genetic component based on the individual physiological make up or muscle fiber type of each athlete. SBT works to optimize the physiological capacity of each athlete. It does not guarantee each athlete will be a World Class athlete but it will enable each athlete to achieve their maximal potential.

Shannon has presented and lectured for many organizations including:

University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance. Undergraduate Courses: Anatomy (lecture and lab), Physiology (lecture and lab), Exercise Physiology, Clinical Exercise Assessment

Applied Biochemistry Researcher American Heart Association

University of Miami Department of Kinesiology. Graduate Courses:  Exercise and Sports Science, Endurance Coaching

United States Olympic Committee. Coaches Education Program:  Track and Field and Rowing

American College of Sports Medicine. Clinical Exercise Assessment

USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy. Master’s Endorsement in Middle Distances