Observation is a powerful tool for a strength and conditioning coach to gain experience at any level or years in the game. Personally, simple observations have yielded countless lessons: seeing the extremes of the talent bell curve manning the clipboard under the high noon, 110 degree turf of DKR stadium, recognizing emotional investment of athletes of different years in school, ranks on the team, scholarship vs non-scholarship, and men vs women on the Hilltop. And more recently, getting reverse observed when the Ruiz would be hiding somewhere in the AXIS jungle noting how I would lead (or not-lead!) when training was scheduled to begin and he was ‘not there’.
My latest coaching travels led me to a high school that had never employed an S&C coach. This presented a unique challenge. Taking the position many of the Power Athlete clientele face each day, this was a perfect opportunity to solve common issues of implementation, coaching/time barriers, and building a strength program from scratch.
The opportunity to introduce high schoolers to the weight room for the first time has been irreplaceable in my strength and conditioning journey. This article will present observations I made in this first year, and how to use these to empower your athletes towards their training goals.
Attitude - Be the Thermostat of Weight Room
Kids these days. Maybe too many hugs when they were young from mommy. Not enough red meat. Almond milk(?). Guys only date one girl at a time now instead of two or three. Too much money has these kids drinking top shelf beers instead of cowboy cold Lonestar. Too many buttons on the video game controllers. Whatever it is, something has a lot of high school athletes thinking they are owed something, and they’ve lost the rambunctious, reckless, ‘die for a win’ attitude that was rampant in Katy, Texas (enter your hometown here, coach) in the early 2000’s (or whenever you played ball).
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Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.
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