Sunday, January 6, 2013

Coaching Tip from Bob Takano's Newsletter

While I personally don't have much to share today, I wanted to share a "coaching tip" from Bob Takano's newsletter.

Here it is:

"COACHING TIP: High Load Frequency
My parting words to my lifters after each training session is usually "Go home and eat!" After awhile they understand why I say that. They need to get home immediately, and not use up their energies doing things that are not conducive to hard training. They need to feed the machine, and they need to be someplace where they can begin the process of restoring their bodies in time for the next training session.

The true key to making continuous progress over an extended period of time is the ability to undertake and withstand heavier training loads more frequently. Any talented individual can take on a heavy training load of over 100 reps with a k-value in the 40 to 50% range for one day. But it is the trained, well conditioned athlete that can undertake two or three consecutive training days of this type of loading, then take a lighter day and then take two more consecutive days of heavy loading. Then come back and do that sort of training for two more weeks before undertaking a lighter week.

There is too much focus on the amount of weight lifted in a single repetition or a single set for so many beginners. Personal records are certainly rewarding and indicative of progress, but you rarely hear athletes talking about how many consecutive days of heavy loading they can take in comparison to what they were doing three months ago or a year ago. This is where the focus needs to be heading once the initial training phase has been mastered. The focus on personal record singles should be at a meet. The focus on training should be to increase the number of consecutive heavy training days.

Coaches, you need to emphasize this as a value for your little clique of trainees. Make consecutive heavy training days a value, and you'll have less need to have to coax and encourage athletes to show up for training."

 I highly encourage you to visit Bob's website and sign up for his free newsletters.  Very insightful info from one of the best coach's here in the U.S.  If you're a weightlifting junky, signing up for newsletters from various coaches is a must.  It's good to know what's going through the minds of some of the best.  Here's are a couple of others, in addition to Takano's, that I would recommend:

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