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. Just a thought…If most strength coaches would agree that the Landmine Press is a more shoulder friendly variation of overhead pressing compared to overhead pressing with a dumbbell and especially a barbell, then wouldn’t the same be true when going overhead for power work?
  2. Good enough is never the goal.
  3. If an athlete can’t perform a 1-Leg Linear Hurdle Hop or 1-Leg Medial/Lateral Hurdle Hop in a controlled environment, do we think they’ll be able to throw on the brakes or change direction when they are at full speed in a chaotic environment? Probably not.
  4. “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” – Charles Bukowski
  5. Racehorses not workhorses. This will offend most coaches but it’s a fact. Horses that 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. – Tony Holler
  6. Remember when hammering the basics didn’t work? Neither do I.
  7. The “just lift heavy and play your sport” approach to development gets more antiquated each day. As early sport specialization becomes more commonplace, we need strength and conditioning to provide the rich proprioceptive environment a multi-sport athlete would normally get. – Eric Cressey
  8. Knowledge is knowing something, wisdom is applying that knowledge.
  9. From running and walking to climbing stairs, life takes place one leg at a time. Single leg training helps improve your balance across a variety of situations and reveals asymmetries and dysfunctions that could be hiding during two-legged stance. – EXOS
  10. It should be common sense, but if you want to get fast and/or develop faster teams, you actually have to practice getting fast. Sprint.

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