Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What are these coaches thinking?!?!

So I'm talking with my ex-assistant coach Matt Durant who is presently the Head Strength coach at the University of Laverne and also heads the conditioning for a major volleyball club here in Southern California. With his club girls, much like with my athletes @ COC, many get scholarships to four-year schools and we then get to see their conditioning programs when they get sent to the athletes.

Well, let's just say that we have seen our share of ridiculous programs....from programs that highlight single-joint exercises to those that belive that the Olympic lifts are dangerous and now to a program right here in So.Cal that has their volleyball athletes perform 17 exercises per resistance training workout. Yes folks, that's right....17 sets and 3 sets of 10 reps per set. Do the math everyone! That's 51 sets per session. Okay, aside from the fact that most of the exercises are things like seated calf raises, tricep push-downs and leg extensions, you are talking about a whopping 40-50 min. of rest ALONE in this workout. Add in the time to perform the actual sets and you are looking at about 60-70 min. of 'work'.

Folks, this is just not realistic. NO college student-athlete has this sort of time and even if they did, they would be spinning their wheels doing this sort of training. Take a look at some of the things we are doing at COC....our average weightroom sessions run from 15-20 sets of work per session, TOTAL. This includes our football team. It's all about QUALITY and INTENSITY folks!

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