What is great about sports? Either watching or participating in them is that there some result that happens afterwards. Either you win or lose is the main result. It’s funny because we as fans or a teammate it’s always ask the question “Why?” either because of some coaching decision or players performance. I have been on both sides as a fan and as an athlete. I’ve asked “why did Jay cutler throw that interception'” and I have been asked “why did you miss the deadlift?”
Now it’s funny on all of the answers we get and it’s going to be a an honest answer or what I say an excuse. What does this mean? When I miss the deadlift I can say I hurt myself and build on that remark or be honest with everyone I wasn’t strong enough today and I will learn from it and apply it to the next meet. How easy would it be if everyone would just be honest with their assessment of the game or practice and take 100% for their responsibility.
Now how does this relate in generating a better athlete? Simple we all have to build on different avenues to be the best. When training the best ways to be explosive is to train explosive, because our bodies will learn on how to react more explosive when doing it time and time again. I mentioned in my last post about band squats. You have to do them fast in my eyes you will never do them fast enough. Here is a thought, can you do a squat that is 90% of your max as fast as a squat that is only 40% of your max. Now if you will be honest the answer will be NO I can’t. But do i get stronger at only 40% and the answer again is NO. That is where the bands come in. When placing the bands the generate a specific amount of force that is applied to the bar. The great thing is the force is always changing from one point of the movement to the next.
So when we are training before walking into the facility the best athletes are the ones we leave their egos on the door step and say how am I getting better. The athlete will have to swallow some of his pride when doing these band squats place lesser weight to achieve the goal for the exercise of gaining more explosion.
Now there are athletes everywhere at every level and we all fall short at times. When doing self evaluations on our own physical limitations and saying I missed the tackle because I didn’t tackle right will put every athlete just that much a head of the athlete who says I missed the tackle because dirt fell in my eyes or the sun was in my eyes.
When starting out and learning a sport what do we learn? The basics or in other words the fundamentals of the sport. Its funny with the start of college and NFL football the most common mistake which should have been in graded into each athlete as a child is form tackling. I see many defenders grabbing instead of keeping their head up and putting a shoulder into the opponent and then driving them into the ground. If these players would do the basics we would see better overall play and less injuries.
Why am I talking about this? I’m a world-class trainer where I have helped train many elite athletes over the years as well as winning a few world titles myself. Over the years I have seen throughout the country people getting away from what works and what got them to that elite level. One of my guys who was benching in WABDL worlds in 2007 blew his shoulder out and never has been the same since. How come he hurt himself? I stopped working with him a few years before hand (and just once a while up to WABDL worlds). Some of his competition was getting more skill and better lifts in new advance bench shirts. Instead of focus on the skill of rowing the bar into the groove of the shirt he was bitter that what is competition was able to do with newer equipment that he couldn’t afford. So over the next few years he didn’t place his attention on what made him good and how to take advantage of his own talents.
As parents, coaches, and athletes what do expect out of ourselves and players? We have no ability to change others only ourselves, but keep this in mind when we are getting ready for anything. The better athlete is better because of only one major reason hard work on their overall fundamentals. A good athlete will do an honest evaluation on what they do well and what the don’t do well. And they work hard on both ends the good and the bad. We can’t control what are competition will do ,but we have every opportunity to dictate on how we can make ourselves better. Lets get back to the fundamentals.