The sign of a good coach in any sport…they are curious, change their minds and evolve as the years go by.
Here are a couple things I’ve changed my mind on over the years…
Squat or Die — Though not popular with the squat or die community of strength coaches or the strength coaches that have an emotional attachment to back squatting, but other then Goblet Squatting we don’t squat on two legs with a bar (back or front squat) very often at all. Heavy doses of split squat variations and 1-Leg Squats make up the majority of our ‘squatting’. And a lot of our athletes have gotten extremely strong. We also Trap Bar Deadlift a lot, which in my eyes is essentially a squat in my opinion.
Olympic Lift or Die — Our power/explosive work has evolved a lot the last few years as well. We don’t clean from the floor. We rarely Snatch with a barbell (not sure people have the shoulder mobility to do so). We clean from the Hang and 1-Arm DB Snatch. We Landmine Split Jerk. We sprint a lot. We sled sprint. We throw med balls in various planes. We broad jump against bands. We Trap Bar/2DB Jump Squat.
Squats and Deadlifts are all the core training you need — Athletes need Anti-Extension work. They need Anti-Rotation work. They need Anti-Lateral Flexion work. They should be crawling. They should be carrying heavy things. You don’t get that from Squats and Deadlifts.
What would you add to the list?