I know it’s exciting for you to load up the bench press, do your ‘jump training’, or follow that plyometrics program you bought online. However, if you put the cart before the horse, at best you’ll end up hitting a plateau, and at worst you’ll end up on the sidelines with a preventable injury.
You can’t build performance on top of dysfunction- Gray Cook
You have to learn how to move well before you can get into high intensity training.
I know that you are a go-getter, and always want to push the line!
The ‘work you til you puke’ mindset sure makes great TV and great advertisements. An ad like this one would be a lot less motivating if they just showed people foam rolling and doing mobility drills rather than box jumps and sled pushes.
If you can’t do a full squat without your knees diving in together and your heels coming off the ground, the best thing you can do for your performance and health is learn to move well.
Likewise, here is an upper body screening test we do with all of our volleyball and baseball players to ensure they have healthy shoulders.
Here are 3 reasons why you need to move well BEFORE you ‘get after it’ with your training:
- You will get better results, with less effort. You’re already tired from practice. Establishing good movement patterns can have a huge impact on your performance without draining you even further.
- Prevent injuries before they happen.
- Build a higher top end. Those that move well have a greater capacity to handle the ‘intense’ training needed to play sports at a high level without getting injured.
If your coach is all ‘rah rah let’s work you into the ground cause being tired is a good thing’ then it’s time for a new strength coach.
I’m all for pushing the intensity level when the time is right, but you have to balance the ‘how much’ you are moving with ‘how well’ you are moving.
Take Jen for example, she added about 2.5″ to her spike touch in the first couple of weeks of working with me, and we barely touched a weight, and did minimal ‘plyometrics’ during that time.
Athletes (I’m looking at you high school boys), it’s a tough sell, but learning proper technique for squats, bench press, and deadlifts, will pay huge dividends. Just loading up the bar and going nuts regardless of form and flexibility levels is a recipe for early plateaus and injury.
An increased emphasis on technique early on in your lifting career will pay dividends on your performance now, and on your ability to train pain-free in the future.
A lack of emphasis on establishing quality movement isn’t the only thing that holds athletes back, so I’ve put together 5 of the top mistakes that high school athletes make when it comes to their training.
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