Random Thoughts: March 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. I know I may offend some people, and I’m not saying there is no benefit to bilateral lower body training, but I don’t think these crazy heavy back squats carryover to sport as much as some would like to think.

2. Getting bigger and stronger doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll get faster. I think American football has proven that. – Dan Pfaff (@PfaffSC on Twitter)

3. I think as strength coaches our goal should be to get athletes as strong as they need to be to perform well in their sport, not necessarily get them as strong as they can be. Those are two totally different things.

4. To be a great strength coach or personal trainer, you need to enjoy being around other people.

5. Coaching 101: Praise loudly, correct privately.

6. Besides the obvious of improving acceleration, max effort sprinting can also be a potentiating exercise for things to come in the weight room. I see no downside to max effort sprinting with ALL athletes.

7. If your goal is to run, swing, or throw as a career, you damn well better prioritize lunging over squatting in your program. – Dr. Josh Heenan (@drjoshheenan on Twitter)

8. Exercise is a phenomenal and under-utilized anti-depressant. Something to think about during these tough times.

9. Two things that I know work in strength and conditioning: simplicity and consistency. Again, something to think about during these tough times.

10. Want your athletes to perform movements in the weight room better? Demo more and demo better. Most people are visual learners, show them how it’s done.

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