train, and I think every strength and
conditioning coach will agree and that is very hard. No matter what
philosophy one may adhere to, it is the intensity and the matter at
which the athletes are trained that makes a workout effective, not
just because Big Time University uses the program.
Proper overload is the key.
Physiology tells us that our bodies will only grow due to one thing
and that is overload. There is only two ways to produce overload in
a strength and conditioning program:
- Do more reps
- Use more weight
These are the ingredients that
your strength and conditioning program needs to be built upon. I
have had high school coaches say they are using the program sent to
them by "such and such" university but they are unhappy with the way
things have turned out. Some of the athletes are seeing good results
while the rest have seen very little or none at all. My first
question in response is how hard are you making the athletes work?
Nine out of ten times the response is well pretty hard. When I hear
this, it tells me that either the coach has no idea what hard is, or
that they donąt truly understand the program and thus are not
getting the results they want.
It's how hard you train, and not what
program you train with. Every time a coach asks me to
send them a program I say no. I tell them to come to weight room,
observe how hard the athletes work and then I will give you a
program. Just giving that coach a sheet of paper with exercises
and repetition schemes doesn't do any strength program justice.
Unless you see how the workout needs to be performed, you will
never get the feeling of how hard your workouts should be
Go hard, or go home!
So remember it is not what exercises or programs you use that will produce
results, it is how hard you those exercises or that program that counts.
As coaches we need to go out and observe others to better ourselves. I am
always looking for new ideas, but I am a hands-on person so I will ask to
observe these new ideas. Most collegiate and professional strength coaches
are happy to let you observe what they do and how they do it. Matter of
fact they encourage coaches to observe because it boosts they own program
and can be used as a recruiting tool later down the road. Train smarter by
training harder. Don't assume as a coach that you know how things are
done, even as a strength and conditioning professional I still don't have
all the answers. It is a constant learning process, and I encourage all
coaches to keep this in mind.