[quote]big martin wrote:
Thanks for the responses.
This is my first year doing strength and conditioning in a team setting this big, and I’m finding it a hard switch from doing personal training or working with teammates, because of the fact that I can’t spend as much time with athletes one-on-one. I am working with several dozen athletes on a part-time basis – this is my night job!
It’s not an ideal situation, but I am learning how to manage this and how to work with this many athletes. I have been re-reading a lot of the coaching articles out there (elitefts, defranco, westside, etc.) in a whole new light. It’s certainly better for these kids having someone with experience heping to teach them. Boss, doing an individual analysis is a great idea, and for the fullback who trains with me, this is long since done. However, implementing this kind of thing for thirty-odd kids is turning out to be restrictive. I have to spend most of my time convincing the kids that squatting four inches is not actually a lift.
Don’t get me started on the resistance I am getting from the (non-lifting) assistant coaches in implementing a program that makes sense. But I am plowing along in as politic a fashion as I am capable of, and making good progress. I let my lifts speak for themselves and the kids seem believe in me, which is important.
I train using a Westside template, and have been a disciple of hard posterior training since I was olympic lifting. I wish I would have done this in high school, as it would have at least saved me a raft of knee surgeries and unneccessary hamstring injuries. The temptation is there to go a little crazy with the posterior chain stuff.
For the most part, I’m discovering that without constant monitoring, the male athletes will always resort to some kind of bench press EVERY DAY. It is bringing back some painful memories of my own stupidity at that age. I caught several freshmen doing quarter squats in a smith machine the other day. As I addressed this, the vein in the middle of my forehead throbbed so emphatically that I think they won’t be doing that again anytime soon.
The girls are a lot of fun to train though. Most don’t have to unlearn bad habits (as they’ve never lifted), and they are so flattered to be treated like real athletes that they have progressed extremely quickly. They like to train legs (except for squats), but I find that they have the opposite problem from the boys – I have to push them to use MORE weight.
In any case, Jared I agree with you absolutely. I made solid progress for a long time training my hamstrings directly once a week. To give you an idea of where we started when I started doing this, I had seniors who had supposedly been training for four years look blankly at me when I asked them right out of the gate what kind of hamstring training they did. We have definitely come a long way.
Keep 'em coming, please.
Are you a high school strength coach??..if so i notice your from michigan is there a “want” in the school districts for such coaches??..as ilive in indiana an want to be a hs strength coach but am findining it very difficult to find a school system that wants to put out the monsy for a sc…they usually just put the responsibility in th ehands of the pe teachers…to save money…rb
ok sorry to hijack the thread, but trying to help a brother out…
big martin, im not sure if you are familiar with the geist/fishers area, but from what I hear thru the IUB/IUPUI personal trainers and strength coaches is that highschools in that area are in dire needs of strength coaches. Perhaps looking in into juco’s and D3 schools like franklin might be an idea? Just a thought, let me know if it helps.