Article on StrengthCoach- “Charting Progress Made Easy”- Sean Ross
Monitoring strength progress is essential to prevent athletes from just going through the motions in the weight room. Many will just grab a weight they think is heavy enough and use that load week after week, month after month. Their bodies will quickly adapt to this load and strength/size levels will stagnate. This article will explain simplify things for those training groups of athletes.
In my early years of training groups of athletes (primarily groups of 8-12 ages 13-18) I gave each athlete a sheet that they would record the reps and load used for each set they performed. This system worked well for those that were very organized and detailed. I could glance at their sheets and see if they were progressing from week to week. However, many would spend too much time recording and not enough time lifting. After a few years I modified this system to having them record only their top weight successfully used in the three sets typically prescribed for that particular lift. This allowed for more time lifting and less time writing. When I started this system with a high school football team, I started noticing several sheets were not filled out at all, incorrectly, or left on the floor for me to pick up. Instead of getting mad at the players, I came up with a better solution.
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