Discipline is a pre-requisite for any high-level athlete, as they grow and progress from a hobbyist, to an amateur, to a world-class athlete, their trust and respect is developed for those who took part in their success. However, with the growing popularity and variety in training methods for athletes, this trust and respect could be put in the wrong hands.
From CrossFit to movement coaches, and all the way to “resistance band training experts”, an athlete is pulled in different directions. The movement coach promises better proprioceptive awareness and movement of the body, the resistance band coach promises a workout that will leave you “tired and mentally stronger", and CrossFit promises to bring you that competitive edge in an endeavor that the athlete is not focused on being competitive in.
[This piece is written from the perspective I have gained as a professional fighter, a coach of hobbyists and professionals alike, as a student of strength & conditioning experts who have worked with top level athletes, and as a journalist who has had the opportunity to interview athletes and coaches of all levels, Paul Banasiak]
Many argue that at a high level, a well-tailored strength and conditioning program is what gives an athlete the edge over their competition. So what does an athlete truly require from their strength and conditioning program?
Keeping these three principles in mind before any effective strength and conditioning program will keep the athlete healthy, more efficient, stronger, faster, and above all, focused on sport specific skill work.
Here are a few things I’ve found that immediately add depth, satisfaction, and enjoyment to all my relationships…
1. TAILORED TO THEIR NEED, NOT THE COACH'S