Random Thoughts: January 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 the first installment of the New Year!

  1. I think it is much easier to over-train on volume then it is to over-train on intensity. For example, perform 4-5 sets of 5 reps day in and day out will eventually catch up to you, but performing 2-3 sets of 5 reps probably won’t.
  2. Training athletes is more about psychology then it is biology.
  3. When a goldfish gets sick, the first step is to change the water. The fish cannot thrive in a poor environment. Same with you. If you’re not thriving, start with changing YOUR environment. – Alwyn Cosgrove (@alwyncosgrove on Twitter)
  4. Relationships drive trust, trust drives culture. Make time to connect with those you lead.
  5. As a field we need to do a better job teaching athletes how to decelerate. We obsess on how high someone can jump, how fast they can sprint, and how powerful they become. But, you can only speed up what you can slow down. We need to make sure we are building some brakes too.
  6. In coaching, simplicity and efficiency win. If you come up with a drill that requires two bands, a connection ball, three weighted balls, seven blue M&Ms, a tire iron, and a half gallon of snake oil, your drill isn’t any good for anything other than social media entertainment. – Eric Cressey (@EricCressey on Twitter)
  7. The most important thing is keeping athletes healthy and playing their sport. Everything else is secondary.
  8. I always wonder how often strength coaches change movements in programs because they are bored with them, not because the athlete actually needs a change. Think about it…we as coaches may run 4-5 groups a day. During those groups we are probably performing many of the same exercises. Then we do it again the next day, and the next day. We get bored. We see the same thing over and over again. But is it the most beneficial thing for the people we are working with? And for the record, I have 100% been guilty of this in the past.
  9. The Athlete makes the coach, not the other way around. Time to keep your ego in check. When it comes to athletics, talent matters. As coaches it’s our job to nurture and allow that potential to show itself. – Steve Magness (@SteveMagness on Twitter)
  10. Pete Dupuis had a great tweet the other day in regards to coaching. He essentially said that great coaches can accomplish a lot with very little equipment and not the greatest weight room. On the other hand, you could hand a terrible coach a fabulous weight room and the training will still suck. Point being, great coaching is the most important quality to have.

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