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The Three Wisemen

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http://nancynorthcott.jim-mcdonald.net/and-all-for-one/ Stop me if you have heard this one before.

Phentermine India Buy Three coaches walk into a weight room.

A powerlifter. An Olympic lifter. And a “functional” coach.

The powerlifter says to the others. “The squat and press are how you train athletes.”

The Olympic lifter says “If I had it my way, I’d only clean and snatch my athletes. That’s true power”

The functional coach gets bug eyed and glares at the other two “none of your kids will see the field if they can’t pass the FMS”

Who is correct? Who has more success on the field? In the weight room?

That’s a question that has been debated from the day Milo first power cleaned the calf and did a 20 rep front squat with it.  Like most things in life there is not really a clear answer on that. It’s just not an objective question. The answer is absolutely subject to the environment of the coach.

All I can put forth is an educated opinion.

Can squatting make kids strong. Sure thing.

Can learning to clean make athletes more powerful? Undoubtedly.

Can practicing motor programs and cleaning up mechanical issues help athletes move more fluidly and possibly stay healthier? I would absolutely agree.

Why can’t we accomplish all of these things? Why is it one sided. Training for athletic performance doesn’t mean you can only handle heavy weights, or that triple extension wins games. Training for performance means we are teaching and preparing our athletes to be injury resilient, fit, and powerful.


The 5 Commandments of Coaching

We have been preaching the tenants of coaching from day one on USC.
#1. Can I teach it.
#2. Is it safe
#3. Do I have the equipment/space
#4. Can it be progressed
#5. Is there a meaningful carry over to our skill work.

Can you teach kids to squat safely? Do you have at least a couple racks and good bars so that an entire team can get quality work in?

Can you teach kids to clean? I want you to really reflect on this one. Olympic lifts in high schools are a hot button issue in the coaching world and it’s mostly for this reason…….YOU CAN’T TEACH IT. I have been around too many programs with sloppy lifts and coaches not providing any quality technical feedback.

Do you even know what you are looking for when you are movement screening your athletes? Do you understand how the body should move around the ankles/knees/hips/spine/shoulders? Can you give adequate feedback to improve these patterns and can you progress the intensity past the warm up?

Square Peg Round Hole

All I really want you to understand is, you don’t have to take sides. You don’t have to be all in with one method. A truly balanced and organized program contains a few pieces of everything.

No one coach or one method is correct in this question.  The coach who is correct is the coach who does quality productive work with their athletes and helps them improve on the field.

You need to be accomplishing your mobility work every day, and addressing imbalances, but do this during the warm up. This is not an entire workout for athletes.

When the warm up is over, and we are firing on all cylinders, we are going to be powerful, and we are going to squat/lunge/press/pull challenging weights.

Instead of trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, let’s use a bunch of pegs, put them in the holes they are supposed to fit in and plug up the holes in our game.

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