a little background first…
i mentioned previously that there some chek qualified trainers where i train, they are nice guys and they mean well, but some of the stuff they have their clients do baffles me.
one of them is a thai boxer (non competitive) and trains a few fighters himself. anyway we got into a debate after i told one of teh guys he was training (didnt know he was training him at the time) that he should think about performing his squats and deads with a little more ROM than he is using… it turns out he was told to do it that way, so when i asked his trainer why i was told because teh movements are more sports specific. Apparently because a squat or deadlift isnt performed during a fight there is no need to do it in training, the joint angles he is using with the partial squats and deads apparently matches that of the situation in a fight.
this struck me as being particularily stupid. I understand the guy isnt training to be a powerlifter, but the kid has zero base to begin with, he would be lucky to squat or dead his bodyweight (prob 80kg). Anyway when i tried to explain that the kid probably needed to build a more solid base from which sports specific refinement could take place i got hit with a barrage of chek mumbo jumpo TVA crap.
is there anything to what this guy was saying? he bases his and his fighters workouts around things like partial range lunges, deads, and these ridiculous standing cable presses (like a one armed bench press on an adjustable cable system) but liek i said, none of these guys (including the trainer himself) would be able to squat/dead BW…
these same trainers have a go at me for not ‘activating my core’ when im squatting/deadlifting with 600+lbs
they harp on about ‘functional training’ and ‘replication of joint angles’ etc, but they dont address any sort of acceleration or imapct in their workouts, spend their whole time working on muscular imbalances when in my eyes the biggest imbalance is the absense of any sort of strength or power
just like to hear peoples thoughts on this sort of thing