Coaches Corner: Strength

Six Guidelines for creating successful strength training Programs.

In today’s edition of the Coaches Corner series, I present six basic guidelines I follow when creating strength training programs for my athletes and clients.

1. Maintain progressive overloads

2. Establish short-term objectives and long-term goals

3. Keep accurate training records and perform evaluations frequently

4. Always use proper technique and a spotter when needed. Safety is always a concern

5. Build in variety to avoid physical and psychological burn-out and over training

6. Make strength training fun, safe, challenging and injury free

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Have a plan

Goal Setting for Sports or Life

If you read my article about peaking for competition you may have thought “cool, this is just what I have been looking for”. However if you do not compete at any particular sport then you may be asking yourself what does an article about peaking for competition have to do with me?

The truth is we all train better when we have a specific goal in mind. Your goal may be an athletic one like running faster or jumping higher or it may be an aesthetically based one like losing some body fat or just looking good naked. Finally your goal may just be to improve on a personal best like adding 50lbs to your bench press. The goal itself is not as important as the fact that you have one. Once you have established the specifics you must then go about creating a plan to help you reach your goal in the most efficient way possible.

Remember when it comes to goal setting, the more specific the better. Just telling yourself “I want to get in shape” or “I want to lose some weight”, is not specific. You have to ask your self, in shape for what? How much weight do I want to lose? You will find that the more specific your goal the easier designing and implementing your training program will become. Create a sense of urgency by setting your goal within a time frame such as: “I want to lose 10lbs by April first or I want to run 3 miles in under 20 minutes by May first.”

PAU for NOW.