Sunday December 24, 2017
Scientists Vs Trainers
PRINCIPLES OF TRAINING
The scientific shift in the past 15 years has done wonders for athletic performance, but where does a coach draw the line?
I spend hours reading studies and literature each night to understand principles of all training programs. Lately I have been drawn to Power athlete studies for Sunday and strength programming as that is where I started. Since I started training back in the 1990’s a lot has changed and improved. In today’s training, I feel the trend is that any time a coach wants to apply a methodology or new tool, people feel they better have some science to back it up.
But.. as coaches and the athletes following/creating the programs, We do need to remember training athletes will never be completely scientific. Some of it has to be feel, experience, gut instinct and understanding the specific athlete.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND PRACTICE
A Coach’s experience and connection to their athletes is indispensable, no matter how technical, well read you are or if a scientific study reported different, in my opinion these 2 items are most important. When you combine the science with the experience you have a recipe for results.
Although strength training and science appear to be complementary, contradictions will always remain.
While sports science strives to generalize, a strength coach focuses on a specific athlete or program. In CrossFit we do try to “generalize” our Fitness goals, But each cycle at Indestri we are programming to get specific results for that time period.
Scientists report in publications for everyone to read, while most coaches keep their training practices private away from the competition. CrossFit does a great job sharing info but still many coaches hide their programs in belief that it will keep membership in the gym. This may be true, but I feel the end goal is not numbers of members, but the overall fitness and health levels in the members you have. Measuring your performance on technique and movement will have all the other positive effects to follow.
One of the biggest differences I’ve observed over my 20 years of coaching and competing is Ego. We as Coaches/ Programmers handle an infinite list of problems, issues, and inquiries from athletes or coaches looking aa a small piece of a giant puzzle and sometimes we feel we cannot give the impression of doubt. But I will let you in on a secret… the result we planned is not always what we get out of the athletes. Any coach that tells you otherwise is full of it.
Scientists on the other hand, are allowed a degree of uncertainty, and in fact, they generally welcome challenges. Along the same lines, a challenged sport scientist feels misunderstood, while the coach can see science as a threat, due to it may contradict or dispute a training style they know is proven and affective.
Ultimately though, while science and coaching have some glaring differences in reporting from program to program. I still firmly believe they are complimentary and they share a common goal: improving human performance. This is why although we are a CrossFit gym, I study all training platforms, read scientific journals as well as listen to experienced coaches from all fields to make sure we are addressing everything we can to make you the best version of yourself you can be.
Remember we want you to be great, have fun,
move safely and train for life.
Mobility at 10:30am today, come get Swole then Flexy tomorrow.
Back Squat 10-10-10
1RM Bench Press
Db/KB strict press 7-7-7-7 super set with 1 (5sec ) pull up negative
25 min EMOM
1. 5 – Sprints (sidelines)
2. 16 – lay Med ball wall tosses (8/8)
3. 20-25 – Ab Mat Sit Ups
4. 10 – weight step up jumps
5. 15/12 Cal Row
1 Length Heavy Sled EMOM 4 minutes
Check back each night at 8pm for the next days WOD