Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither are you.
No matter how hard you “get after it,” building strength, power, speed, agility, quickness
and the other aspects of the athletic skill-set takes time.
More importantly, the reward of having high levels of athleticism demands consistent, regular deposits of smart, hard work.
No flash in the pan, one-and-done sort of effort will suffice.
In fact, when you try to exchange insane, overdone effort for repeated, consistent, well-designed athletic training & development, you’re more likely to get “killed” than skilled.
Lay the foundation. Build your fortress of athletic skill and prowess brick by brick, stick by stick, until it rises above your competitors, shining from the great hill of success!
You’ll never improve speed without some level of power development. Dynamic, rapidly applied force production is invariably the foundation of all speed – linear, direction change, closing speed and first-step quickness.
There’s no way to effectively improve power without first laying a foundation of strength. Real strength. Strength that can be accessed without interference from kinetic chain and movement pattern dysfunction.
If you would reduce movement dysfunction, you will be required to put in the work of identifying those red flags and doing the corrective exercises needed to prevent them from negatively impacting movement efficiency and performance.
If you’re the kind of thoughtful athlete or coach who follows me, I might be able to predict your thinking here.
Athlete – “How am I ever going to be ready to play if I have to go through this ridiculous process before I can get bigger, faster and stronger?”
Coach – “I agree. I just wish I could get my athletes (and their parents and coaches) to listen to me and commit to the process of improvement!”
There’s good news for both groups.
The same activities I use for corrective work with my athletes are the ones I use in my off-season, pre-season and every other phase of training.
They’re also the same exercises and activities I use in my fat-loss and adult training programs.
After all, if a client’s squat pattern has a valgus dysfunction, I’m not going to improve that pattern by NOT training it! We’re going to train that pattern as much as the dysfunction allows.
We’re also going to train it while we apply correctives and perform associative and supportive exercises and activities.
After all, we still have to apply Essential Law of Strength, Fitness and Performance #1 – More is not better. Better is better.
So we want consistent, scientifically sound programming that addresses the gaps in the athletes movement skill base while improving the skills that are within acceptable quality parameters.
We want consistent application of programming elements with attention to the details that allow us to apply correctives while improving performance.
In other words, we need to train smart, not just hard.
Yes, absolutely work hard. Get after it!
Work smart. Think about what you’re doing!
Commit to the process & never quit. Remember why you or your client are training and remember that it’s worth every effort to get it right!
And understand that the journey demands commitment & consistent effort.
Don’t forget! You can join me at the Elite Fitness & Performance Summit in Indianapolis Sept. 14-15! I’ll be presenting on the topic “Zen and the Science of Beach-ready Bodies, Bigger Benches and Faster 40’s!”
Click here for more info and to register: EFPS 2018 in Indy
Keep the faith and keep after it!