- I am blessed to work as the strength and conditioning coach at a local private so I am in the trenches each day and can learn a lot of coaching the kids/athletes*
After training 40 kids 3X this week after coming off winter break, here are my thoughts, observations:
- Most kids don’t work out on their own, they need a coach to motivate them and coach them. So after our 3 week winter break, very few kids worked out (and that’s ok – they probably needed time to decompress and chill). So Tuesday was a day of foam rolling, dynamic stretching and a lot of body weight movements. Some days you just need to abandon your plan and look and listen to your athlete’s bodies
- When training athletes, make things simple. I said simple not easy. These kids have more work, stress then we ever did as kids growing up. We don’t need to overload, confuse and complicate things when training. A loaded carry, a push, pull, quad dominate, a hip hinge movement goes a long and is a very effective training program.
- Hammer home the basics. Teach and coach your athletes/ kids how to squat, hinge, plank, lunge, etc
If kids can master the basics everything else will come easier because everything always comes back to these basic movements
Until next week – have a great weekend