This is it…what is the secret is that making an name for yourself should be on results and not “systems” or “schemes” or “templates”. I listened to what Bill had to say it was not bad but nothing in depth…Maybe Martin and friends are not doing anything special…perhaps the leave the balance vewdoo boards and tubes to the “movement monkeys”. Some asked me what style of training I used years ago…I said I am a brown belt in everything and have no style. What ever my foe is I use a “martial art” to combat the problem. If you are a snake I become a mongoose…if you are a tiger I am a dragon…if you are a rat I am a crane…
The point is that you should know laws and options…not systems and cool exercises. Today after track practice I looked at my choas…I have 50 sprinters/hurdlers and some of them throw, vault, and jump…Your going to use a westside template for their lifts? It snowed here in boston and the track is not an option (dell dell). And even if a “park” (dell dell again) was available two miles west I can’t be two places at once or stuff 50 runners in my toyota like a clown car.
Some of us will get a state of the art performance center and have mondo surfaces, field turf, bumber plates, recovery areas, smoothie bars, and maybe some massage dude named “William”. Most of us don’t have that option and so we must deal with the cards from the sports gods deck. Here is what I am dealing with today.
Case study: I am at a new school and rival of my former team. I must get 50 speed athletes to train under me alone…just me and 50 boys and girls. Now not everyone will be as self aware as Kransnayfluer. She was an athlete I liked working with last year but those days are gone and I must work with less polished athletes. Here is what we did the first three days.
Day one: No indoor track just snow piled 6 inches up. What do we have?
Two hallways with carpet. 3:15-4pm warm-ups and warm-downs. Weight room orientation.
Day two: More white stuff…starts with kids looking for 90 degrees and doing scramble up stuff
Core work/yoga/post workout stretching
Day three: Flying 10m side by side with me looking like a traffic cop trying to make sure softball doesn’t broadside us since the hallway is a four way intersection.
Core and strength circuit
Tempo push ups till form stutters, same with bw squats and single leg work (till compensation). This gets a little general work but screens the weight trainers from the bodyweight people. I can now see who can be in the weight room for friday and who should be doing bw stuff.
Now here comes the insanity…I must deal with custodians trying to do their job cleaning the school, teach a state champ while working with the 4’8" freshman boy who looks 9 years old.
What shocks me is all the training places have all the interns coaching while the gurus spin sell parents into buying packages while trying to schedule a seminar series…I see cookie cutter programs with a 10-20:1 ratio of athletes to coaches. You see dynamic warm-ups followed by speed sessions followed by plyos followed by lifts three days a week. Everyone does the same thing and moms and dads see very little besides 5 pounds of “bulk” or tendon overload. This happens because it makes money…quality coaching is more one to one and is expensive. To heat or cool a facility will cost 10 dollars a square foot per day. Add that up and you need kids…
Train the pros like royalty and use their autographed photos to get “Martha and Stan” to drop 1500 on 10 week program every other day with Mike Intern. What can you do with a PRO during an offseason? Most are month or two and many athletes have families and can’t make a trek to Seattle. End result they work with the big guy at golds gym and do some bodybuilding work.
If you get the state champ wrestler he will get a good workout and be on your brochure and things are groovy. HS athletes need more then a 3 X week power hour and I see only a few people getting results.