Maybe this desire of mine came from one of the greatest influences on my developmental perceptions. In my early teens, I had the honor and privilege of working as a New York Rangers (NHL) practice assistant to one of the greatest and most legendary hockey coaches on the planet, Herb Brooks. For those who may not be hockey aficionados, Herb was the head coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team at Lake Placid in 1980.
Herb was a generally reserved, yet at times fiery, coach who never spoke purely for the sense of expelling carbon dioxide; his words always held a purpose. To this day, I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone quite as passionate about their craft. Most don’t know that Herb was truly accomplished and possessed quite a methodical system as it pertained to strength and conditioning. Herb was also fascinated with Russian training systems. Therefore, through Herb’s inspiration and influence, I too became fascinated with Russian training systems.
Fast forward; there I was, “years post-Herb,” observing most around me moving through the “exercise” of competing for business in the generalized aesthetic fitness market. That’s when I decided to run with Herb’s previous inspiration and provide a more novel fitness and athletic development service to the market. I’d focus on the things that every athlete (and person) wanted like; speed, strength, power, agility, balance, stability, dynamic stability, multi-planar movement and the gambit. All this, while also offering some functional development (that one might not be completely aware of) for the eventual culmination and optimization of Dynamic Capacity. Let me clarify…
Capacity encompasses the overall ability to effectively apply, manage and maximize the aforesaid underlying functional performance elements in order to efficiently perform activity at desired speeds. It is the sum of all parts. In other words; Doing Sport, Work or Life in real-time motion, and doing it really well.
Stability is a necessary, underlying functional performance element for Dynamic Capacity, yet remains a separate training component that should focus upon stability in-and-through range of motion and the various planes of movement. It is part of the Dynamic Capacity equation. In other words; it is one of the essential pre-requisites to Dynamic Capacity, much like speed, strength, power, balance, agility, etc.
the knowledge that stability is the precursor, I decided that I was going to start playing with oscillation and amplitude training methods in order to develop all of the components required for the ultimate culmination of Dynamic Capacity.