Tag - coaching

More mobility isn’t always good…

Earlier I wrote about why I don’t like the “knees out” cue in the squat (parts 1 and 2 here and here). It often comes down to athletes not understanding which muscles to use, and some being too mobile for their own good. They have trouble finding alignment. I also mentioned why not everybody needs the same amount of “mobility work” – working on it can actually predispose some to injury. If you have more passive ROM at a joint than...

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“Find the Weak Point and Fix it!”

I’ve been thinking about this quote quite a bit. I don’t remember where I heard it, but I believe the entire world of sports performance training can be summed up in these words. Fix the athlete's weaknesses. Use whatever tools are at your disposal to do it, and constantly learn new ones. Don’t limit yourself to only one kind of training. As coaches we often lock ourselves into stylistic boxes: bodybuilding, Olympic lifting, conditioning, or even corrective exercises. We end up...

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Challenge Your Biases

“It is the mark of an educated man to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it”. This quote, often attributed to Aristotle, contains what I believe to be one of the fundamental keys to developing a training philosophy as a coach (or indeed, any development as a person). Challenging our biases as coaches - testing our views of the training world - is as uncomfortable as it is essential. If you’ve heard the name Frans Bosch before, you’re one...

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