Kira was talking about Muay Thai training and what I thought of it and the fact that a lot of it seems counter intuitive by today’s standards and what we know about strength and conditioning. Basically stating what is the ‘standard’ training method in Thailand and the fact that by current standards Kira thought it could be done better or improved. Kira also noted that it was the way that most ‘champions’ in the sport trained. I think I mentioned boxing and the use of ‘road work’ and the fact that people often mention to me how stupid and inappropriate they think it is with what we know these days of training ‘specificity’. The fact that basically all ‘champions’ still do it seems lost on these people.
I want to blend a few things together here…firstly one of the reasons I started this blog is because 1. I am a terrible writer…and it seemed like a good way to practice…and to annoy people along the way. 2. I find it really difficult to articulate my views and thoughts on strength and conditioning…and it seemed like a good way to practice…and to annoy people along the way. The second of these points hit home tonight when Cookies & Killer asked me in the middle of their intervals why I had put so much effort into getting them bigger only to start breaking them down running the arse’s off of them. It made me realise a couple of things…1. How much faith athletes have in me to put their training and by extension to some extent their sporting careers in my hands. 2. How poorly/badly I get across to them why I have them do what I do. That isn’t good…not on any level…I will add that to the list of things that I need to improve upon.
Now I’m going to step out onto the thin ice here now and mention the post I made about periodisation…you know the one where bunch of people got their panties in a twist and everybody told me that I didn’t understand what I was talking about…well anyway…what I was talking about was peaking in team sports and the fact that everybody involved with teams is preparing their teams as best as they can and they are all obviously trying to do the best they can. They are all trying to ‘peak’ their teams to win the championship/final/series…but obviously somebody wins and everybody else loses.
Are you all still with me? What generally happens next is that whatever the winners did is now best practice…Michael Jordan did this…the New York giants trained this way or that…I had some one mention to me today that some NFL team in the US is doing their entire pre season with kettlebells…you have the champion team who did all their weight training with machines…the other team in some other sport who did nothing but Olympic lifting…only to be beaten by some other team who’s training revolved around power lifting etc etc etc.
If I have to listen to someone tell me one more time what the All Blacks do in training I might just go postal. Every time I here someone mention this I immediately know that they don’t actually have a clue about training and or coaching. I feel the same way every time someone comes to me and shows me the pre season program that was given to their team….and this happens a lot. I mean I have athletes in the same team who are 125kgs and others who are 70kgs and everything in between…do you think you could write a program that is perfect for all of them? I couldn’t. One that was right for the guys who need to lose fat and those that need to gain lean muscle mass? Actually…if you can…send it to me.
You see this all the time though…as an aside…can anyone tell me who this NFL team is that is doing their entire pre season primarily with kettlebells? Think about it…now I use kettlebells in training with ‘some’ athlete…’sometimes’…are you telling me that they are the perfect training apparatus for everyone? That every player on that NFL team is going to benefit equally from kettlebell training? Give me a break.
Same with the All Blacks…if every team were to run endless 150’s will they all win World Cups? Sorry…bad example…the All Blacks have only won one World Cup…and that was years ago. Once again supporting my point that I made in that post about periodisation…the All Blacks throw enormous resources both human and financial into peaking for a World Cup and the last one they managed to win was a couple of decades ago…yet everyone keeps telling me that they are the best team and the best players and best coaches in the world? What am I missing? Are they the best players and coaches in the world or not? Which is it?
Anyway..it is late now. I’m going to post this now so people can tell me I’m an idiot then come back and finish this post tomorrow.
Now where was I?
Firstly I can’t believe I didn’t get any Kiwi hate mail…but that is probably because they don’t have the internet in New Zealand yet so I shouldn’t be too surprised.
I’ve seen lots of guru’s do there ’10 Things I Know’ articles…and since apparently I supposedly aspire to gurudom…or so I was told today…I thought I better get with the program. Now…I don’t know if I actually know 10 things…I’m just going to start at 1 and play it by ear after that.
1. There is no such thing as a perfect program.
2. There is no ‘best’ training methodology.
3. There is no best set and rep scheme…no best training frequency or volume.
So what do I know…I hear you ask.
4. In the majority of cases athletes that complain about ‘over training’ are really suffering from ‘under recovering’.
5. Coaching is a cross between science and art…you need to understand the science…I mean understand it…this is different from knowing the names of muscles and their origin and insertion etc…I mean ACTUALLY understand it…you also need the artistic flair to apply it. There is a reason that most graduates of sport science end up getting a job in the construction industry. It is the same reason that if I went to university to study art instead of sports science I think everyone who knows me knows the only thing I’d be painting is houses…and that’s if I was lucky.
6. There is no best training methodology for a particular sport…only effective ways for individual athletes to train. This is where a lot of mistakes are made…if someone wants to get good at cycling…giving them Lance Armstrong’s program is not the best way for them to achieve that…if someone wants to get into MMA…doing GSP’s program is not the best way for them to achieve that.
7. There is nothing new in training and nutrition but the way that the information is expressed and communicated is definitely unique and stealing other peoples work is a no no…unless you want to make boat loads of cash…in which case it seems like it is definitely the way to go.
Once again…it’s way passed my bedtime…I’ll come back to this post tomorrow and see if I can make it to 10.