Weak And Fragile Or Strong And Durable — You Choose

After assessing a 15 year old, I asked her what her goal was. she said, “to be pain free.” It’s sad a 15 year old has been in pain for over a year. Weekly I’m in front of coaches, parents and athletes. As we’re talking about training and programming, they’re nodding their heads like, “I knew there was a better …

Give ’em A Little Homework

We assess, analyze and program. There’s one more step that’s vital to success, “consistency.” It’s more than just doing work 2-3 times per week. I give my Academy athletes homework, not much, just enough to reinforce the patterns we’ve been working on. It’s not homework for the sake of doing extra work, but more of a purposeful or “deep”practice thing. It may …

Tryouts — We Should Be Looking At More

During tryouts coaches are looking for skilled, athletic and aggressive kids. When they do not present with speed, agility and quickness they’re often labeled as uncoordinated, un-athletic and slow. They’re told to work on speed and be more aggressive, but rarely are they presented with a plan — the “how-to.” EVERY KID CAN GET BETTER. If coaches would put more …

Athletic Development

At 5 years old she was hanging out with mom (a lacrosse coach) and running around the fields. She was exposed to martial arts, a few different sports, and even aerial acrobatics . . . all by age 10. Now 15, this kid climbs, crawls, runs and jumps better than most kids at any age. It’s not like she won …

Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?

Before you test, train, drill and practice, ask yourself — will it make the boat go faster? In his TED Talk, Olympic Rower, Ben Hunt talks about only doing things that will make the boat go faster. You can see a three minute excerpt here. We often see athletes preparing in ways that have no carry-over whatsoever to their sport or …