Happy Monday! Here are a few thoughts bouncing around in my head after a week of reading, podcasts and other continuing ed. Enjoy!
- The idea of micro-dosing strength training is really interesting, especially when it comes to in-season training. Essentially, instead of training two times a week with 45-60 minute sessions you train most days for 10-15 minutes. The team would come in and warm up, perform 2-3 lifts of 2-3 sets, then go to practice. Would this keep athletes fresher because you never perform a lot of work? Will this decrease any potential soreness because you aren’t doing a ton of work? Will this help athletes stay focused because the session is extremely quick? Will this have athletes buy-in to the strength program more because they are in the weight room almost daily? All questions I have but I tend to think ‘yes’ to all of them.
- A lot of people have been talking about KPI’s (key performance indicators) recently and what they are for the sport they coach. I think its simple, health is the biggest KPI. Nothing matters more then the health of the athletes you are working for. A healthy team will always have a better opportunity to succeed then an un-healthy team will be. Yes, athletes need to get stronger. Yes, athletes need to move better. Yes, athletes need to become more powerful. All this is irrelevant if athletes aren’t healthy. That being said, if I were to dial in on one athletic quality, I’d say the biggest KPI is eccentric strength and/or stability. Athletes need to be able to decelerate.