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Most athletes would be better at their sport if...

I mean, you can follow this sentence with a few different (probably hundreds) of lines but i want to dive into one specifically below.



I saw this tweet (above) just now and thought I would jump on a drop a short round up on my views.


I am a strength coach (big news) so you can probably assume I'd be like what is Max talking about, S&C is the best.


S&C is the best to be fair, in my bias opinion but even as a S&C coach, I fully agree with this tweet.


If an athlete is spending time lifting weights, even if that is 5 hours a week, that is 5 hours less he or she has to train their sport. Therefore, they are decreasing their potential progress.


Now that does not mean every second of every day should be spent training but it does mean most of our time, as much as we can, should be spent improving our skill set.


Technical ability is the deciding factor in 99.9% of fights.


If you think of the big fights over the years, the better fighter on the night wins.


It is very rare that a fighter becomes absolute elite level because they were strong.


Can you think of a fighter who is the best in the world and you say "yeah they are just strong"


There will be some examples of fighters that are very strong who are at the top but they will also have a outrageous skill set. That's why I say, skills matter.


On the flip side, if you have two fighters that are of similar ability, the one who is fitter and stronger will have an advantage. Tactics play a part, as does game plan, mindset etc but generally speaking, the physical condition will come through.


So, that means we absolutely have to find time to get our S&C work in too.


How do we do this? Where is the line of too much?


Each athlete is different. Each person's schedule will allow for different things and each sport will also differ.


For me, and as good strength coaches, we should be looking to find our minimal dose. This is the least training we can do, with the biggest return on investment, while also keeping fatigue down as to not impact skill sessions.


Yes, you can do more weight or reps, but fatigue is the cost.


Yes you can be fresh and do less, but physical improvements is the cost.


Our job is to hit the sweet spot. That is what separates the very good coaches from the idiots who throw together sessions.


I always say, my sessions with my fighters aren't extremely difficult. This is because we are finding the sweet spot.


They are managing fatigue, improving on their sport but also increasing numbers during testing.


My sessions are an hour max. That includes conditioning too if we need to.


I streamline my sessions.


I filter the junk.


90 minute sessions are full of junk. Tell me I am wrong.


We get rid of the s**t that is in for the sake of it.


Everything we do has purpose.


When you do this, you can get it done in 40 minutes to be honest.


Going back to the initial tweet - 5 hours a week lifting.


That's 3 hours more than my guys ( 2 x 1 hour session per week).


3 hours a week = 15 hours per week difference ( Assuming a 5 day training week although this is usually 6)


15 hours a week = 60 hours a month (based off of a 4 week month which is, again the minimum)


60 hours a month = 600 hours a year (let's give 2 months off)


600 hours.


How much better at your sport could you get in 600 hours.


so do I agree with max?


How can you not...






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