Training athletes is nothing short of awesome and it my opinion, training anyone is fun. I learn quite a bit from each individual, experience above all things. Any athletes first day of training, which has been quite a few in the past week, is accompanied by an assessment. This is typically the FMS or joint range of motion, but whatever the case, they get assessed. So far, the week has been a learning one again. Note: when you have athletes training or warming up while new ones are getting assessed your mind has to be on “GO” otherwise it could get ugly real fast. It is multi-tasking at sonic boom speed. What are we really doing when we assess or when we demonstrate the warm-up/correctives? I’d say their weaknesses. We work to improve their strengths and bring up their weaknesses. The assessment helps with this and so does the warm-up. It is a great way to learn and create the program. What is one of the craziest things that I have seen with people in general and their weaknesses in training? They do everything to avoid them. Is this why you will see guys with guns of all show and yet never set foot in the vicinity of where you could do some lower body work? I did this. Or using way too much weight where it looks absolutely painful? I did this too. It is also why I am convinced that what we do is extraordinary. When you bring up your weaknesses a funny thing happens. The others “things” improve. When we are not good at something we typically avoid it at all costs. If it hurts? Do you know why? Is there a proper warm-up, do you foam roll, eat healthy most of the time (unprocessed garbage), or get enough sleep for recovery? Typically, one or more of these is a weakness. Staying on the topic of training, know your weakness and do them often. It does not mean you do 10 sets every day. Maybe it’s 1 x 10 as a warm up of goblet squats or stiff-legged deadlifts. Most likely it is some type of joint mobility warm-ups for the ankles, hips, and t-spine. I prefer these for each warm-up
Then do quality set of goblet squats, yoga push ups, swings…After a good month of front squatting during the training sessions, I am starting to feel smoother at it and much better. However, bringing up the weakness, depending on what it is, can take a great deal of time and patience. Be persistent and disciplined. The ego may take a hit as you think you won’t do as well because you are not lifting as much, but you will train more effectively, probably feel better and overall improve in the long-term.