When I first began to heavily research the training of athletes, the BIG Buzz words were "functional training" and "sport specific training".
Everyone and their Mom was training on one leg, using a stability ball, insisted on using pieces of equipment called "functional trainers" - which usually cost between 5 and 10 thousand dollars.
Mind you, this was before you tube came about.... hell, I'm not even sure Google existed at the time.... ha ha
I was brainwashed into thinking those people were right.... Until a Strength Coach said something that hit home HARD.....
It was Josh Henkin, creator of The Ultimate Sandbag....
He asked me 2 simple questions.....
- "Why do the wrestlers in Iowa, Ohio and Pa. always dominate?"
- "Why should wrestlers train on balance discs or wobble boards? Does the wrestling mat wobble?"
It was simple..... these wrestlers often had manual labor jobs for their family, working on barns, digging ditches, swinging sledge hammers, carrying buckets of animal feed, wheel barrows loaded heavy, etc.
In a nut shell: These athletes were brutally strong, had mental toughness, had work capacity and were overall "fit".
Their specific work came from the wrestling itself. Their manual labor and training were all "general strength" or GPP.
So, when someone asks me about sport specific training, these are my thoughts:
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