Anyone who has coached over a decade will probably agree with most of the stuff you find in this edition. It all comes down to K.I.S.S., Keep It Simple, Stupid…but, we rarely follow that sound advice!
This edition was prompted by a series of dads and coaches who have provided me with pure entertainment without knowing it. Watching a coach try to teach eight year olds to run pass patterns that will require a thirty yard toss by a kid who can’t throw twenty yards is nothing but funny…or sad.
If you are bored, here is the short course: Teach the basics and slowly, s-l-o-w-l-y, add more complex strategies, training concepts and recovery ideas.
Our mission? To teach everyone:
The Body is One Piece
There are three kinds of strength training:
Putting weight overhead
Picking it off the ground
Carrying it for time or distance
All training is complementary.
The Madman in the Marketplace
…with apologies to Nietzsche
I love gimmicks. I honestly love them. Invent a new drill or a new piece of equipment or a new implement or a new system and I will spend a lot of money and research the web and telephone everybody I can get to pick up the receiver. I’m completely positive that I can add two percent to my throw by spending $300 on a set of chains for squatting in my home gym.
Yet, when I coach others, I am perhaps the most boring coach the world has ever seen. I talk about two things: technique and, well, technique…but I toss in pure, good old fashioned “get stronger” strength training, too. That’s it for most people. Do your sport right and get stronger.
Until you have about ten years under your belt in your chosen sport, that is actually pretty good advice! Recently, it occurred to me that one of the biggest problems with the vast amount of information on the internet and the sheer volume of books relating to strength and bodybuilding is simply a beginner leaps beyond the basics and…well, let’s get to that in this article.
A couple of things I read recently sparked the generation of this article. First, I was asked by a large website to contribute some articles on Olympic Lifting, so I dropped by and read some of the other stuff they offer. I found myself reading a review of 18 year old boy’s experiences using a “super supplement,” “Superbol” or something, and his “incredible” improvements in two months. The more I read of this guy’s experiences, the more I laughed. Basically, an untrained teen started training hard and thought the miracle supplement was the key to his honestly lackluster results.
Second, I was asked to help a high school program turn-around their throwers. As I talked with the head coach, it became very apparent the problems they had faced: they were using a program designed for an elite thrower for kids who didn’t know how to hold the shot.
In a nutshell, there is the problem: beginners will improve by simply doing the sport. Nothing else is needed. In fact, if you jump up the ladder of intensity too soon, you can’t really take advantage of these “tricks” later!