Random Thoughts: December 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. The best ability an athlete can have? Availability.
  2. One athlete performs a bench press with a barbell One athlete performs a bench press with DB’s When they meet in sport would you be able to tell which athlete did which lift? Not a chance! As long as they are both strong and healthy, no one should care how they got strong.
  3. Do the movement correctly. Then, and only then, think about adding some load.
  4. My favorite test with athletes? The ‘did they play the entire season healthy’ test.
  5. Stop firing coaching cue after coaching cue at athletes. Pick the most pressing issue. Fix it. Then move on to the next (which may be the next session).
  6. Good strength coaches don’t just tell athletes what to do, they tell them why they should do it and how it will benefit them.
  7. College S&C programs that end the lifts with 10-15 minute abs circuits…are typically not great S&C programs.
  8. Above all else, focus on your form in the weight room. Unless you enjoy being injured.
  9. Strength training is and should be looked at as a long term game.
  10. Too many athletes show up to the gym, do a bunch of random exercises, and hope that its going to help them in their sport.

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