You wouldn’t build your house on quicksand would you?
While that question might sound funny to you, it’s a question I ask everyone. I like to think that if I were to build a house, I would focus first on constructing a strong foundation. Strong enough for me to build what ever it is I want on it and if in the future I want to add something else to it, I would have no problem in doing so.
It’s what we think about when it comes to programming for our athletes.
Our programming for all of our athletes, regardless of their level of experience start off with simple movements. You can tell when it is an individual’s first month here, they start off with the simplest of exercises. They’re grooving movement patterns, focusing on movement technique, the execution of an exercise, and understanding how their body should feel during all of it.
Building a solid foundation for an athlete to then continue to progress off of is how we go into designing our programs. There isn’t anything fancy about our programming. We keep it simple. There is no reason to over complicate a program. In all honesty, we believe it sets the tone for an athlete’s time with us. It shows us their level of dedication and how committed they are to the process. If we can’t get them to understand why they’re not throwing weight around from the start, then we’re going to have a difficult time trying to get that athlete to believe in what it is we’re doing it.
Whether an athlete wants to build strength, power, or speed – they are going to have to first focus on building a platform that they can continue to build off of in the years to come.