We’ve heard and read Charlie’s phrase “paralysis by analysis” so many times but how many of us really work that way? Could we develop better athletes by learning how to motivate them better or by giving them more complex training programs. By my observations, I have the feeling we are taking the emotion and passion out of training by having our athletes have to think too much. Not necessarily during the actual running or weight training itself but also before and in between sets.
For example, I volunteer at a coed juvenile center twice a week with “athletes” who have less than ideal attention spans and attitudes.
They are allowed to weight train twice a week. Many have had prior experience playing primarily football and track. Most have done a good deal of weight training already at the ages of 14 - 17. I can’t take credit for all of their gains as many of them show up big and strong.
Perhaps it is due to the fact that they can only weight train twice a week, but they attack the weights and are so competitve in the short races we have like you’ve never seen. Most are very aggressive by nurture so perhaps this is why. There training is very simple. Straight sets. No bands or chains. No iso holds. They wouldn’t tolerate that kind of training. They wouldn’t understand why they have to train that way. I know we only have to tell them what they need to know, but these people want to know why they would have to train that way. No suppliments and only 3 cafeteria meals a day.
Both the young men and young women that I work with have built very powerful physiques. All are extremely quick and athletic. A few examples:
17 yo female VJ 34"
16 yo male 315 front squat x 5
14 yo male 285 bench x 3
16 yo male 325 bench x 3
16 yo male 405 squat x 3 butt to floor
16 yo male 225 military press x 5 strict and slow
17 yo female 135 bench press x 20
17 yo female bw chins x 12 @ bw of 170 and dips w/ 25 lb x 8
17 yo male 495 bench 2 x week. 135 x 10 curls strict form
(Brother played DB for the KC Chiefs.)
Nearly all clean 225 x 5 with no problem.
Have we gone too far with complex periodization and fancy names for all kinds of training? Can a simplier way work with more emotion and passion.