This is a great list. I’m happy to say I have almost all of them. Sadly, I haven’t read them all yet.
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I wrote this piece for my StrengthCoach.com site a few months ago and thought I’d share it with a wider audience.
Brian Carrol wrote an interesting piece called Five Reasons Your Not Getting Stronger. It was pretty good and to the point.
I thought I’d analyze this part though:
Qualify the person you’re taking advice from using these 5 questions I learned from Dave Tate of Elite FTS:
1. What is his/her education and background?
2. How is/was this coach’s performance in the particular sport they’re coaching?
3. Who have they trained?
4. Have they been able to make athletes better than they were before training with them?
5. Do they practice what they preach?
If I score myself, I do pretty good on number 1- Education and background.
2. Performance in the particular sport they are coaching? I was not very good at anything. In fact, my best sport was swimming. I played and liked lots of other stuff ( powerlifting, basketball, football) but, performance? Not so much. Surprisingly, I have a baseball worlds series ring ( played from 8 years old to 12 and stunk) and two ice hockey national championship rings ( never played). By the way, my dad won a few state championships as a basketball coach and never played organized basketball. Also, in most team sports, great players don’t make great coaches. In strength and conditioning most of the best coaches I know either weren’t very good, had a career shortened by injury or both.
This summer I read Simon’s Senek’s book Start With Why. The book began a thought process that will become a full day seminar on Saturday December 12.
From 8 AM- 3:30 PM I’m going to explore the “whys” behind the MBSC programming.
Think about “why do we stretch”, “why do we roll”, “why do we do the lifts we do”. Most seminars focus far too much on what we are going to do and far too little on why we do it.
In addition I’m going to cover “how” we construct a program. We’ll take an in-depth look at the periodization scheme that has allowed MBSC to flourish for almost twenty years.
There are only 50 seats available and we anticipate a rapid sellout so please reserve your spot early. A dozen spots are already gone and there has been very little advertising.
This is one of my favorite articles…
It’s interesting, ask a strength coach what a good bench press is for a 200 lb male and chances are you’ll get a good answer. Maybe everyone won’t be in agreement but, everyone will have an opinion. Ask a good strength coach what constitutes good single leg strength or good vertical pulling strength and I don’t think you’ll get the same level of agreement or, if everyone will even have an answer. The answer might even be something like “what do you mean?” Last spring and summer I set out to answer both questions. How much single leg strength and upper back strength are actually possible? I think if you are going to train, you need a goal. If we are going to train for strength, we need to know what strong is. The four-minute mile is a great example. In 1957 Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile. On that day he broke a twelve year old record. By the end of 1957 sixteen runners had also broken the four-minute mile. It’s amazing what someone will do once they have seen that it is possible. Twelve years to break the record and sixteen followers in one year. My goal is to raise the bar on both single leg strength and upper back strength by telling the strength and conditioning world how strong strong might be….
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I drove five hours from Boston to Syracuse New York to watch my daughter play hockey yesterday and got smarter in the process. I listened to Episode 172 of The StrengthCoach Podcast with Sean Skahan and Chris Chase and the latest episode of Ron McKeefery’s Iron Game Chalk Talk with Ed Cosner. Time flies when you’re getting smarter.
If you follow this space you know that the past week we’ve been discussing facility design.
Couple more good suggestions:
- If you are going to buy one of something ( unless you intend to use it for rehab), you have to have three. One of anything creates bottlenecks and lines. That is why we don’t have things like glute hams and reverse hypers. Too much space required for not enough use.
- Portable glute hams are a good idea ( Perform Better sells these and you can stack them in a corner)
- Wifi, wifi, wifi. Make sure your wifi is solid or your expensive technology won’t work
- Sound system. Music is a pain in the a _ _. Make sure your sound system is good and have a music plan. Our policy is no obscenity and no reference to race or sex with family members ( take a minute and figure out the words that prevents from being played)
PS- If you join Strengthcoach.com you get my Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities as a free bonus.