Friday, April 22, 2011
Squat - Bench - Cleans Part.2
I went over why the old school programming doesn't cut it in regards to training Athletes any longer...
Any program that is inserted into any school, team or club must be led by a Coach that instills proper technique above all else! If this is not the main focus of the staff to have an athlete perform each movement with great form, then you're being put at risk of injury.
I definitely want all my clients to walk out of the gym healthier and stronger than when they walked in to our facility. We have their best interests at all times. The risk vs reward is an issue in the design of each work-out / program we teach the Athletes.
If I teach or allow an athlete to not perform a movement correctly, then I will be setting them up for failure in future lifts and failure on the field of play. We use the lifts in the weightroom as a means to help make each athlete Bigger, Faster and Stronger. Which in turn will allow them to better perform their sport.
Lifting weights is a tool to prepare them for battle. It is not meant to replicate the sport in which they play.
Squats are a great exercise for developing the lower body and core. They also increase ones speed and help with injury prevention of the knee if done correctly. But if you can teach an athlete to put 400 lbs on his back and have them squat it correctly, they will definitely gain quickness and agility.
Bench Press is a great upper body mass builder, but it has nothing to do with throwing or catching a ball. Nor does it help you swing a bat at a 90 mph fastball. It does however improve a Linemans pushing power and it can also increase the stability of the front shoulders. There are many different exercises that can help an athletes pressing power, that doesn't have you laying on your back. There are a ton of different types of push-ups that will make you explosive and strong! Take a look...
Let's not forget about the ladies either. Check out some of the exercises we have them perform. They move and play just as hard as their male counter parts, so we have them move weights just like them as well.
I am always trying to learn on how to improve on my coaching style and also how to create the best programs in order to help my Athletes acheive maximum results. Recently I was able to watch some great work being done at a local gym near my house. Please watch this video of my good friend and mentor Sean Waxman, Owner and Head Olympic Lifitng Coach at Waxman's Gym. His athletes acheive some amazing results through his diligence and knowledge.
If you're in the Inland Empire, and you want to train with Coach's that preach and practice TECHNIQUE first...then look us up STRONG 101 GYM in Corona, CA 951 346-6900