9/12/06

The Facilities and Equipment Trap

Facilities and equipment should never be the determining factor in program design. I always start with the assumption that I have a bare room or a field with no equipment. If you start with that assumption then the focus is on the athlete and what they need to do to get better. Too often if facilities, equipment and even to a certain extent training methodologies become the first determining factors in a program, then we tend to fit the athlete to the facility, equipment or methodology. It should be the other way around; the program should fit the athlete in order to achieve optimum results. Don’t get me wrong a good training facility can only enhance the training, but it is not 100% necessary. I have seen world champions train in what was no more than a closet. The basis of everything you do is manipulating the three movement constants, the body, gravity, and the ground. They will always be there and they travel well. Look at your environment for tools that you can use. Tress and rocks work well; you can climb tress and throw rocks. When those possibilities are exhausted then start looking at equipment that will enhance the program. For example before I moved to Florida hill sprints were always a foundation of speed and speed endurance development program. Where we live in Florida there are no hills, so I had to improvise. More sled work and work with vests had to suffice. It is not the same but I had to understand how it differed and account for that in the programs. It works, not as well as hills, but it works. The bottom line is they we are in a results oriented business. I must admit I would find hard today to coach without my medicine balls, dumbbells, hurdles, pulley machine, rings and all the other toys I like to use to use, but if I had to I would.

2 Comments:

At 9/12/06, 4:16 PM, Anonymous Matt Patterson said...

I love using the natural environment around here in Victoria, BC for training. Runs along the beach (jumping and running along logs, running through rocks and sand) and running (or scrambling) up and down large hills is a great workout - and a lot of fun.

 
At 9/13/06, 12:28 AM, Blogger S.T.A.C.K. Physical Therapy & Corrective Exercise said...

I just wanted to mention I follow your blog as the mood strikes, saw you speak at the ASMI conference in AZ, and I respect what you do. I have gotten so much mileage out of a 12" plyobox it's not even funny as I've been building my business over the last year. I like being taken out of my comfort zone sans equipment and seeing what I can come up that works. ken

 

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