As we conclude the first meet of the outdoor season. I wanted to reflect on the good fortune from this past weekend, after a few heartaches and missed centimeters Chris Benard was able to get a wind legal 17.06 meter jump. The furthest by an American so far this outdoor season and 4th in the world.
As I have talked to a few coaches about training over the past few months, they've asked what is your training like? It's not as easy an answer and one that always leaves me to contemplate what is the easiest answer. So without too much contemplation or thought I'll answer simply by the next few statements:
1. Speed must always be practiced
2. Athletes need to be balanced (everything can't be done in a linear way)
3. Strength and stability should be the backbone of every training plan
4. Rest and sleep are the best recovery out there
5. Training needs to be grounded in a system, but the system needs to be adaptable to each and every athlete
6. Communication between the athlete and coach is important, it needs to be one of coach/teacher - padwoin/student; one of the biggest mistakes I see is athletes that become too dependent on their coach
7. The training plan needs to change from microcycle to microcycle, mesocycle to mesocycle and year to year
8. Don't over estimate your coaching, its a privilege to coach but no one coach makes any athlete, it takes a village, and no matter how hard you try you can't get a 11 second 100m runner to run 9.8
9. Track and field is is what we do, the weight room, training, and everything else need to be a supplement to dong what we do
10. Be careful what you read and what you watch, always keep learning, their are a lot of "expert coaches" out there with no resume and thus no trial and error (sometimes my greatest learning comes from the mistakes I make)
Head Coach and founder of Maximum Velocity Athletics.