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Training Philosophy (AU Workout Library)

Happy Labor Day!
I will keep doing posts on different parts of the system and how to use them, but I also want to put out some posts on training philosophy and hopefully we can get some good conversation going.

These are some basic thoughts I have on how my personal training/coaching philosophy is built.

1.  Use the base scientific principals that are tried and true.  That come from solid peer reviewed research, and their efficacy has been proven over and over in practical execution. Stay away from "bro" science, the stuff you hear that may sound rationale, but just hasn't been proven in a legitimate fashion.  I am not saying that you don't develop ideas of your own, but these thoughts should be moving pieces, not pillars of your philosophy.

2.  My environment is extremely impactful thing on my training philosophy.  My facility, my athletes/students, my time limitations, the overall ability/training age of my athletes/students, current state of the culture surrounding training.  My philosophy needs to have scientific pillars, but it also needs to have practical pillars.  The philosophy can expand or contract as my environment changes, but I feel I must build the main tenants around my environment.

3.  Track data and let it breathe.  Coaches live in a perpetual state of misery, constantly scrutinizing everything that is going on, making the inconsequential into major issues.  Many times this scrutiny inspires coaches to abandon things that are really working.  So grab as much data as you can, set goals, measure if you are progressing towards them.  Then with data and working with the athletes, only make small changes and see what they yield with more data.  Many times we move off good ideas before we let them breathe.

4.  I am going to write more about this in a post dedicated to it entirely.  I have genuinely come to believe that consistency of work is the most important part of high school strength and conditioning/ athletic development.  I think that short (1 hour or less), consistent (4-6 days a week), long term (starting freshman year), is the key to the development of our athletes.  Each student has their time period where their growth explodes, but the consistent work throughout I believe is the crucial element that yields the most.

5.  Again another piece that will have a post entirely dedicated to it.  Train the athlete for the season they are in.  Even if it is in-season 3 times a year, train the athlete for the athletic life they are living.  There are exceptions, but if you build your philosophy with the idea that gains can be made at any point during the year, and that consistency of work is the critical element, this idea really makes sense.   I'll get more into detail later in the week why I believe in this, but it is a cornerstone of my personal coaching philosophy.

Just a start, would love to hear some of your thoughts in the comments section.


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