Random Thoughts: September Edition

Another month, another post full of random thoughts that have been going through my head. Hope it sparks a little thought in people and you enjoy!

  1. Racehorses are not workhorses. If you want a fast team, treat all your horses like race horses. Train them for speed, not work. – Tony Holler
  2. You are allowed to change your mind in this field. Changing isn’t a sign of inconsistency or lack of knowledge, its a sign of learning and developing as a coach. Change is simply an indication of learning.
  3. We should train every athlete or adult that we work with to be a better human mover – nothing else is more important then fundamental movements done well.
  4. Coaches continually over-think this stuff. Pat Davidson said something along these lines on the last Strength Coach Podcast; train at different velocities and loads, in various planes, for various periods of time. Seems like pretty simple but logical advice.
  5. Your ability in the frontal plane will dictate your technical ability in the sagittal plane. – Lee Taft
  6. I think dead bugs are an extremely under-rated exercise and something that most everyone can benefit from. Limbs moving while the core stays stable and helping to improve anterior pelvic tilt along with many other benefits. Vernon Griffith has done a lot of Instagram by putting out a ton of different variations for those interested.
  7. A lot of athleticism is how well you can move outside of the sagittal plane. Nothing wrong with bilateral/sagittal lifts, but they are a small part of a well rounded program.
  8. As much as I enjoy Olympic lifts and feel they have a place in most all training programs, I’m not sure they are going to carryover to the rotational/frontal plane as much as some people may think or hope. If an athlete requires rotational/frontal power (probably most athletes), I think you need to specifically train that quality. More multi-plane jumping and more multi-plane med ball work is probably a great place to start.
  9. Not an absolute, but I think athletes that can perform sets of 1-leg squats are less likely to suffer from non-contact knee injuries, probably because of an improved ability to handle deceleration/absorbing single leg landings, improved proprioception and improved stability in all three planes of motion, along with other reasons.
  10. The most creative coaches are learners. Because their minds are open to new ideas, because they constantly seek out different ways of doing things, of thinking about things – their minds are constantly active. – H.A. Dorfman

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