‘Sport Specific Training’

A huge question a lot of folks think they have the answer to in the health industry…how do I get better at my sport?

Each answer is as unique as the next. What are the demands of your sport? What level are you currently working at? What are your weaknesses? What are your strengths?

#1: Define your training goals

Apparently this is all deemed strength training for boxers. It includes enlisting a dweeb wearing yoga pants and a dad hat. From the very get go, you’ve got the guy walking on a treadmill with stretch bands coming out of every orifice demanding that he jazzercize his way to the middleweight belt. If you’re trying to get your athlete better at his sport, let him play his sport. Let him condition in his sport. Let him work on technique, do some sparring. Don’t hoist your client on you shoulders while he balances on a pair of TRX handles when you’ve got a perfectly good box literally within walking distance. This is creating an unnecessary stress in the risk/reward factor in your client’s training and detracting them from what should be their focus – training hard to get better outside of the gym.

‘Strength has never been a weakness’

Rule #2: Respect and train the hell out of your weaknesses

This montage put together highlights not only a horrific display of cringeworthy training – not just half chub he sports throughout his training but completely denouncing the importance of anything in isolation. His definition of function while training is offensive in that you shouldn’t be perform the movement without good technique. ‘Training’ is not about only doing big compound movements to get stronger in what he defines as a ‘functional form’. Don’t get me wrong, compound movement progression is a big part of getting strong.  Louie Simmons doesn’t limit his lifters to only squat, bench and deadlift. You have to respect your body and respect your sport. If you are a grappler, your body is going to show it. If you’re a swimmer, your body will show it. The stress placed upon your body inside the gym should complement what you do outside of it. Don’t get so wrapped up in lifting weights that you forget about your primary focus – becoming better at your sport.

 

Stay away from the bullshit

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