10 Random Training Thoughts

Here is a very random post that has 10 different thoughts that have been going through my head. I try to write down as much of the random stuff that goes through my head when it comes to strength and conditioning so I can share it every 4-6 weeks.

1. As a coach, you need to constantly seek out ways to connect with your athletes. Coaching is all about relationships.

2. Athletes that can absorb and distribute forces will be less injury prone then athletes that can not absorb and distribute forces.

3. I wonder how much of the monitoring that is currently going on in the field will be around 10 years from now. All? None? Some?

4. If the exercise doesn’t improve movement or doesn’t make you a savage, then why are you doing it? – Charlie Weingroff

5. Core training should be all about stability, not strength.

6. I really think coaches make medicine ball work too mechanical. Make sure they are throwing med balls as hard as they can, it looks athletic, and they are in a good position. At some point you need to let them be an athlete.

7. If someone’s athletes are healthy, have improvements in sport performance, and their sport coach is happy with them, how can anyone argue with their training program?

8. An epidemic in our profession is that disagreement is negative. – Mike Boyle

9. Understand the sport you are working with. What are the injury concerns related with that sport and be proactive in fixing those issues before they become legitimate issues.

10. Strength and conditioning is not a one size fits all profession when it comes to programming. The movement patterns stay the same for everyone, everyone needs to squat, hinge, push, pull and perform core work, but it doesn’t necessarily be the same exercises. Figure out what works for the person standing in front of you and get really strong in those exercises.

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