slowly started implementing one simple compound movement with proper programming and reasoning. As I explained to my athletes the ‘why’ behind our simple compound movements and pushed them to focus on perfecting the movement, ‘buy-in’ slowly started to happen. We followed a simple 3-week undulating periodization model for our compound movements and worked on perfecting form. It didn’t take multiplanar or integrated so called ‘functional movements’. Just simple barbell movements executed with intent. After a few a max assessments and PR’s being set, my athletes started to trust me. Results are what athletes care about. Keep it simple! I got them stronger and awesome things started to happen. By starting with strength (squat, deadlift, bench, hang clean) everything else followed. We started to get more explosive, more aggressive, and mentally tougher. Oh, and wins followed! Our football team went from a 2-8 team to an 8-2 team in 3 years.
much to be learned underneath a barbell. But the biggest lesson might be to not over complicate things. KISS. By teaching my kids proper movement patterns and then learning how to strain underneath the bar, strength happened. My time with them is so limited in the grand scheme of things, so the most I can do for them is teach them how to execute the compound movements savagely well. At the high school level, with the average athlete at a very young training age, they need the basics. It all starts with strength. Keep It Simple Stupid.