I was chatting with a friend over the weekend over dinner and I train his son for the past 2 years.
He told me how another Dad was worried about training at The Underground Strength Gym because his son was 14 and he was afraid he would squat, deadlift, bench, etc.
First off - These 3 exercises are NOT bad.
Context matters here. Let me explain why......
- When are these exercises done?
- How are they performed?
- At what intensity?
- What is the readiness level of the athlete?
I can ask 50 more questions here......
When my friend asked about his own son, I told him that his son (age 14) has MAYBE had a bar on his back 5 times with me in these past 2 years. His son is starting to get closer to the point of some light trap bar deads, light squats and maybe a year from now, light benching.
You see, we use progressions and regressions.
And most of all, we organize training in such a way that it FEEDS the sport, it does not interfere with the sport. It's not about training hard, it's about blending the science & art together. THAT is what builds BEASTS.
We reverse engineer the big lifts and do what the athlete needs according to their training age and emotional readiness. I also look at what the athlete needs with regards to building athleticism.
I don't worry if we don't have a bar on your back as an athlete. I've met enough athletes who dominated the weight room but struggled in sport. They needed more speed, more power, more agility, more athleticism! They also needed to dedicate time to their sports skills.
That means, a LOT of the athletes I get to work with do NOT squat, bench, deadlift, clean, etc. These 3 big lifts are NOT always what is best for the athlete.
To build the Squat and prepare the athlete, we have a HUGE list of prep exercises, here is a short list of prep exercises:
- Sleds (All Types and various speeds as well)
- Back Extensions (45 degree and glute ham bench / horizontal)
- Lunges of ALL types / ALL directions
- Bulgarian Split Squats
- Carries of ALL types (use various loading patterns & different tools)
- Med Ball Shouldering / Sandbag Shouldering
- Various Ab exercises from planks of all types, med ball throws, leg raises, etc.
- LOTS of Kettlebell training
- Band Work
We BUILD you up before you touch the barbell.
You must earn the right to perform the big barbell lifts.
It's more complicated than people understand yet I LOVE to simplify the process.
Reverse Engineer everything.
And, Everything is an assessment.
Each exercise tells you what is weak on the athlete and what needs work.
From there, you must know the exercises which target weak areas and build them UP!
This is a HUGE part of The USC Certification.
If you're a Serious Strength Coach, you don't wanna miss this.
Learn how you can build BEASTS and in turn, change the lives of athletes.
If you're in the private sector, your results will attract new students. I don't adhere to these 30 day quick fix marketing schemes.
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