As a coach who has kept one foot in the world of sports science research and the other in hands on training, I understand the importance of textbook quantifiable means and methods for creating an overload to spur continued adaptation. That said, I also recognize the benefits of having flexibility to manipulate training variables and having alternative methods of applying and monitoring overload. This helps with adjusting to varying real-world issues and logistical concerns.
In this day and age, it’s hard to find a coach who doesn’t want their athlete to get stronger, faster and more explosive - sport has evolved in such a way that power is king. We’ve had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of strength coaches over the past 2 years and although strength is necessary and important, there seems to be common theme, they don’t necessarily care if their athletes can lift a million pounds. In fact, if a pro athlete was only looking at getting stronger, this could hinder their performance rather than improve it.
We’re nearing the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics and one thing I have to say...these athletes are absolute freaks! Although genetically gifted, you can bet that there’s more to it than that. These athletes have training programs in place that allow them to be at their best when it matters most. Essentially, training is enabling these athletes to ‘peak’ for major competitions. Peaking too early or too late could cost them a shot at an Olympic medal.