Happy Monday! Here are a few thoughts bouncing around in my head after a week of reading, podcasts and other continuing ed. – Labor Day edition! Enjoy!
- One common trend you see amongst the best coaches, whether we are talking about strength coaches or sport coaches is the desire to learn – they want to know what they are doing wrong so they can make their program better. Coaches who are superior learners allow themselves to be wrong in order to be certain of what’s right. Great coaches are disappointed when they find out there is a better way of doing things, they are excited because they now have an opportunity to improve upon what they are doing.
- As much as I enjoy Olympic lifts and feel they have a place in most training programs, I’m not sure they are going to carryover to the rotational/frontal plane as much as we think or hope. If an athlete requires rotational/frontal plane power, you need to train that quality. Hockey is a perfect example of this. If you want to develop faster skaters, train power in the frontal plane. If you want to shoot a puck harder, throw med balls in the frontal plane.
- Sprinting is the most explosive exercise in the world. Nothing in the weight room moves at 10 meters per second. I’m not telling people not to lift, but sprinting, in and of itself, builds functional strength that directly transfers to athleticism. – Tony Holler