Here We Go Again

Someone just sent me a link to a new website that allows to access “great” workouts in a multitude of different sports and training activities for one great price. This is the Wallmart or Sams club of Athletic Development. I know I will piss more people off by this post and alienate a lot more but this is ridiculous. It is precisely this approach that is killing this field and adding confusion to confusion. Folks it is not about more workouts. It is about the Why of the workout? How do they fit for each individual and each team? Are they sport and age appropriate? I have books of workouts that I have written since the sixties, for everyone but me and the team or individual they are written for those workout are useless. They were written in the context of the training cycle and for the individual or a team. I was very reluctant to put sample workouts in the new book for the precise reason that people would copy them. The same with posting the workouts that I have posted on the downloads on the web page. They are not to copy, they are to learn from. Look at the reason behind the exercise, the order and sequence. Training is more than a bunch of exercises. It reminds of the George Carlin routine on baseball scores, he reports the scores for yesterday’s games – 3 to 2, 5 to 1 and 1 -0. This is like a workout with out context. Here is the strength portion of yesterdays Venice girls volleyball workout

Jump Shrug 3 x 6

High Pull 4 x 6

Single Leg Squat 3 x 10

Squat 4 x 20

Lunge 4 x 20

It might as well be baseball scores without the teams. Without the details that might as well be written in Sanskrit.


At 1/30/07, 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the purist in all of us totally agrees with you, some people are looking for just that...workouts.

Some of the templates might be just fine for beginners or the recreational enthusiast.

I also would think that some of the authors would view the workouts as a lead in to more advanced and individual training. Just as your example might be for the team and then you provide more specialized training for certain players later.

Just some thoughts.

At 1/30/07, 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you will see plenty of those who sign up for it be disappointed with it and either not resign or tell enough people not to sign up that it will be a failure anyhow.

At 1/30/07, 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will have to agree with you. As you make a great example with the "sports reporter".

While the industy has more than enough templates with over 10,000 exercises.

These authors are selling themself short, not realizing it must be specific, not to a template a protocol or a symptom.

Just some thoughts.

At 1/30/07, 6:00 PM, Blogger Zach Snyder said...

This is off the subject of today's blog, but I was wondering if you could write about the descriptors you use for teaching percentages of maximum effort for use with interval training. For example, what does 80% (or 50, 60, 70, 90%)of maximum effort feel like? This question stems from page 130 of Athletic Development.

Thanks a lot.

At 1/30/07, 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"While the purist in all of us totally agrees with you, some people are looking for just that...workouts.

Yes. This trickles down to the general population that coaching is nothing more than "recipes" for home cooking and burns the turkey!

This leads to more likely PT rather than EXPLOSIVE SPEED! and other Hype.

Carl Valle

At 1/30/07, 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep us updated on the progress of the Venice Volleyball team.


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