It is all about context

Yesterday was an interesting day with the volleyball team. Since we have started the program the football coach and his players have been making fun of what the girls were doing, so one of the players was “invited” to participate in yesterday’s workout with the girls. The following is the workout:

Tuesday March 20, 2007

Theme – Let the Real Work Begin!

6 x 30 yard strides

Mini Band

Sidestep Walk Carioca Monster Walk

Med Ball – Walking Rotations

Wide Tight Over the Top Figure Eight

Lunge & Reach

Up Out & Down Across

Stretch Cord Core

Wide Rotation See Saw Chops Big Circle Reach


Oregon Sway Drill

Dot Drill

Strength Training

Jungle Gym Pull-up 5 x 12

Single Leg Squat 3 x 10

Leg Circuit (2 circuits & 1)

Squat x 20 Bodyweight

Lunge x 20

Step-up x 20

Jump Squat x 10

Stairs x 10

Cooldown with coordination

He is a wide receiver. Pretty lean, but obviously a weight room animal, the results were pretty predictable, he was awful. The leg circuit literally and figuratively kicked his butt. Half way through the stairs he lost his lunch. My point in posting this is that this proves nothing more than a reinforcement of you are what you train to be and the importance of context. For him the workout was entirely out of context. However I do hope it does shut up the football crowd!


At 3/21/07, 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you say entirely out of context are you saying that this work won't carry over tot he football field or that he just hasn't developed the anaerobic threshold to handle this workout. I beleive in hard work and working hard and smart. I really like your approach to athletic development. I like doing this type of work with my kids in addition to work int he weight room. I am a football coach and a track coach and feel with our kids they need to lear how to work hard and push themselves and be pushed a little further than they are use to. I ti s a shame the football coach isn't embracing the fact that youa re strength training your athletes. In our building, outside of football, nobody understands the importance of strength training, or they jsut aren't willing to put the time into doing it.

At 3/21/07, 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously these folks do not know who you are Vern! Which explains why you are with the volleyball team and NOT the football team.

At 3/21/07, 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously the best athletes on a football field are the cheerleaders!

At 3/21/07, 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes...Vern you don't understand!!! American Football players are the best condition athletes in the WORLD. So well physically conditioned that I was wondering if the American Football players (collegiate/pro) can stay on the field for 80 minutes...such a Rugby match.

Unfortunately, we get to drink the Kool-Aid...that American footballers are the best in the WORLD.

At 3/21/07, 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was speaking of cheerleaders I wasn't talk


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