Elastin, is this your website?
I went to the home page and it stated the following:
"Define: Athleticism (in my book)
It is NOT the ability to learn and excel at any sport quickly. It is NOT hand and eye coordination. It is NOT the ability to win at any sport. It IS the ability to jump, land, run, turn and break safely, quickly and optimally with Gluteus Maximus(GM) engaged. It IS the ability to ENGAGE the Gluteus Maximus(GM)"
I do not disagree regarding the importance of the glute max. (I also happen to believe the glute med/min also play key roles but that’s not what I want to get into.)
What I would like clarification on is the statement that athleticism “is NOT hand and eye coordination.”
I have to take exception to this.
Take hitting a baseball thrown by a Major League pitcher, for example. I believe this is the single most difficult act in all of sports. Even if other legitimate strength and conditioning coaches may disagree with me, I suspect they will at least agree that it is at least one of the most difficult acts in all of sports.
I’ll state the obvious here. Hand/eye coordination plays a tremendous role in batting.
Michael Jordan, by all expert accounts one of the greatest basketball players of all time, had no issue engaging his glute max with his jumps that seemed to defy gravity.
Yet he was nothing short of embarrassing when he attempted to become a Major League baseball player.
This is just one example. There are others in which proprioception takes on a significant role.
It is my professional opinion that, although the engagement of the glutes are important, is NOT the only piece in the puzzle.
Now, I did not purchase the book on the website. However, since you brought up the url, I can only deduce that this website (and the book) is yours OR you are very knowledgeable with the contents of the book.
If this is the case, is it your position that the ability to properly engage the gluteus maximus is the ONLY key to athletic performance?
Being a very good - or even an exceptional athlete - is a complex process.
Being able to lift significant weight without injury is a complex process.
Now, with perfect practice both of the above can and should be done in a near effortless manner. This takes repetition after repetition of perfect practice.
What I’m trying to say is I’m not comfortable with a paradigm that distills the solution to just the glute max.