Happy Monday! Here are a few thoughts bouncing around in my head after a week of reading, podcasts and other continuing ed. Enjoy!
- Tony Holler in an article on developing speed speaks about how strength coach should be looking to develop racehorses not workhorses. As Tony says, “Horses that can plow a field all day can’t win a race. Too many coaches take thoroughbreds and force them to plow fields. If you want a fast team (and who doesn’t?), treat all your horses like race horses. Train them for speed, not work.” I think that’s pretty spot on and Tony’s thoughts on speed have without a doubt influenced how I am programming currently. I am still trying to develop strength in athletes, but I have put more of an emphasis on developing more powerful/faster athletes.
- I think this is something most coaches would agree with yet most coaches don’t emphasis in their strength programs: diaphragmatic breathing is probably a low hanging fruit that most all athletes can benefit from.
- With most athletes coming back on campus this week, here is something to keep in mind. Most athletes will remember how you treated them and how you made them feel far longer then they will remember your kick-ass workout. Coach accordingly.