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#55 - Over-programming and Complexity in the gym

April 7, 2017
As Strength Coaches, we tend to love complexity, but more is not always better for our athletes For our junior athletes in development academies/elite pathways, this complexity can lead to making the training process more difficult than it needs.

As coaches, we need to empathise with the athletes and remember the end goal of any program: to increase an athlete's physical capability. For the majority of junior athletes, this can be done with only a few basic workouts and doesn't need a complex booklet of fartlek, long and short interval, 100s of agility drills and a complex strength schedule.

Instead, focus on workouts and activities with a high return on reward, things like Repeat sprints, Game Fit, and 8:12s on a Spin Bike are great for conditioning.

While for strength, focus on mastering a few key movements/qualities at a time; squats, bridges, pushups, Calf raises, basic core work along with regular roll, stretch and activation work will really keep most junior athletes in check if you can't supervise them or don't have access to a gym.

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