I’ve been away for a bit, and when I look around at the realm of strength and conditioning, I see the good and bad.
The good? The training population swells with eager trainees aiming for a bigger deadlift, a beautiful snatch, or a better metabolic engine. We have awesome lifters in USAW, raw powerlifting is surging, and thousands of people train instead of fiddling around with exercise. This is good.
The bad? Everybody’s an expert. Strength and conditioning is interesting because if a guy is good at doing it, he is not automatically good at teaching it. Athlete X accomplishes Y and then opens up shop for consultations and seminars. I’m not saying there isn’t room in the market, but a lack of knowledge in physiology, anatomy, metabolism, programming, etc. results in a disservice to the student and customer. This is bad.
It’s rare that any of the new information is profound. Organizing performance training isn’t complicated and there are no secrets. Consider the following:
– Perform large compound strength movements like squat, press, bench, deadlift, row, and pull-ups on a regular basis.
– Address mobility and muscular imbalance/weakness issues.
– Don’t do a stupid amount of volume and avoid most aesthetic-focused programs.
– Understand “met-con” or “high intensity conditioning” does not mean “consisting of retarded shit all the time.”
– Organize the training week to apply stress and give subsequent rest.
– First, specify to your needs, then your wants.
These are the tenets of performance training. Stick to these concepts and you won’t really need a glistening six pack telling you “IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS.” I understand the “How and why?” are your limiting factor. Now that I’ve knocked some rust off, I’m here to help. If I can’t stream the content out, I’ll at least be a bubbling brook.