The Truth About ELITE Athletes’ Training

Updated: September 19, 2018

As strength & conditioning coaches, we often get caught assuming that parents, athletes, and coaches share the same understanding and passion for performance training as we do. The truth is that there are myths and misconceptions about the field of strength & conditioning. Especially, when it comes to the “behind the scenes” training from elite athletes across all sports.

Recently, I was speaking to a room full of junior high athletes about the field of strength & conditioning. A few minutes into my talk, I asked a couple questions:

(1) Do you think college football players work with a strength & conditioning coach?

Most of the kids nodded their head in agreement. It’s generally assumed that strength & conditioning is a huge part of elevating a football players performance. They’re right, most collegiate football players are training with their strength & conditioning coaches 4-6 days per week.

(2) Do you think college volleyball players work with a strength & conditioning coach?

This time only half the room nodded their head. I went on to explain the volleyball players also spend a lot of time training with their strength & conditioning coach. That is where they work on the qualities that keep them healthy, improve their agility, and improve their vertical jump.

(3) Do you think college golfers work with a strength & conditioning coach?

Nobody nodded in agreement! The truth is that most collegiate golf teams are training in a weight room 2-4 times per week. Strength & conditioning is key to improving their durability and performance. Golf, tennis, and even basketball still carry the thought that the only way to improve is to just keep playing those sports.

What if I tell you that I can take a golfer and improve their lower body power, core stability, and rotational power? Won’t that help them be a better golfer too?

So, when parents/coaches are wondering what else they can be doing to improve their athlete’s performance, take a look at what is takes to perform at the next level.

A good strength & conditioning program is usually the missing piece of the equation.

The best way to become ELITE is to do the things that the competition isn’t!

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