Oftentimes we see evidence that coaches believe the number on the bar or weight lifted is the biggest dictator of an athlete’s success and performance.
We are here to argue that point. Instead we are focused on posture, position, and learning how to create speed throughout the lifts. Compensatory acceleration training refers to minimizing the turnover time from eccentric to concentric while continually gaining speed as leverage favors the athlete. Lift slow … and you’ll be slow. Lift fast and you’ll be fast.
The “how” you perform the lifts also relates to the positions we hold throughout exercise. A great example would be the squat in any form or variation. Next time you are in the gym look at the posture and position of the participants: are their toes forward? Are they duck footed? Where do their knees track as they squat?
Now think about sprinting, jumping, and cutting in sport. Are there certain positions that help the athlete produce more force? What positions would leave them more susceptible to injury?
The ability to efficiently and effectively create force carries directly over to speed! Oftentimes we find parents and coaches confused when it comes to the development of speed; I promise your biggest returns will not occur anywhere near a “ladder.”
If you are training athletes and NOT asking yourself these questions, we have room to improve. Athletes are not being paid or supported because of how much weight they lift… they are paid for their performance in sport.
Having direction and intention within your training is a separator. No one cares what you lift in the weight room; it needs to have carryover and a direct impact on performance.
I call out to you coaches and parents. Educate and arm yourself with the knowledge to make the right decisions when it comes to your athletes. Interested in learning more about how we approach our coaching? Check out our online coaching course “World Class Coaching” or give us a call. We’re here to help!
Raised in Pocatello, Darren Hansen feels right at home coaching at HansenAthletics and heading up marketing at Streamline Sports Physical Therapy. With a background in collegiate and professional strength and conditioning, Darren is accustomed to high performance, diverse populations and accountability. Forever a student, Darren is always looking to strengthen, question and improve his understanding of human movement and performance. In addition, he currently works with clients and coaches across the world through the HansenAthletics online coaching platform. Darren can be reached at 208-569-1533, Darren@Streamlinesportspt.com, or via social media @HansenAthletics and @StreamlineSportsP.