10 More Random Thoughts

Here are 10 more random thoughts that have been flying around in my head.

  1. In a recent podcast, legendary strength coach Buddy Morris said that strength coaches need to do what they think is right, and that many strength coaches don’t always do what they think is best due to the fear of upsetting the status quo. I tend to agree.
  2. The Active Straight Leg Raise is not a hamstring test. The ASLR is a hip separation pattern that tells you whether or not the pelvis can initiate movement between the two limbs. And just like thoracic mobility, most people lack this ability. Training to correct this issue can probably be done on a regular basis without any negative effects.
  3. The best corrective exercises always have been and always will be good exercises.
  4. Push athletes as hard on chin ups and rows as you do on benching. They will benefit greatly from it.
  5. The FMS is the gold standard for movement qualities. If the FMS isn’t getting better as a result of the strength training program, the program needs to be re-evaluated.
  6. Do more carries. Farmers, suitcase, goblet, bottoms up, ect.
  7. You aren’t going to win or lose a championship by the amount of weight you have on the bar on a given day. Its a process, and some days are going to be better than others.
  8. Too many people make programming more difficult then it needs to be. Keep it simple and regress/lateralize/progress people as needed. Its amazing how well athletes will adapt to simple, solid programming. Good strength and conditioning should be made simple and kept simple.
  9. You can never stop learning. There are exercises we are currently doing that we will eventually find out we were wrong about and shouldn’t be doing for one reason or another, we just don’t know what they are yet.
  10. More focus needs to be put on landing training then needs to be put on jump training. Athletes need to learn how to land before they need to learn how to jump.

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