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2/23/2012 9:16:35 AM -
True Story

I've never publicly expressed an opinion about a certain training methodology/cult that seems to be all over the place these days -- the one where you're supposed to do clean and jerks until you puke, then go run 400 meters, then come back and do a bunch of shit on gymnastics rings. I don't know if we're allowed to mention it on this site (Dave has more rules than I can keep track of), but you all know what I'm talking about.

Honestly? I don't really give a shit about this. If people want to train that way, more power to them. Whatever. Go nuts. It's not my sphere, you know? I'm just happy people are getting out there and doing shit.

At the last place I coached, it's highly unlikely our kids would have any exposure to this, so it wasn't a concern. Now, though, it's a totally different demographic I'm working with, so we have a little of that going on. We have more kids going to "speed camp" and working with private trainers, so there's sometimes a little corrective action that needs to be taken -- which is fine, because although a lot of these guys have no clue what they're doing, at least the kids have done SOMETHING remotely close to general preparatory work for football. I mean, they may be getting coached by a 130 pound dude wearing a polo shirt with gel in his hair, but at least they're doing something approximating squatting and pushing Prowlers and shit in most cases. As long as they don't get hurt, we can fix them when we get them.

And yes, this sounds arrogant, but if you're a high school or college coach who's been doing this for a while and you're hip to all the information "we" get in this whole realm (EFS, et al), you know exactly what I mean. I may not agree with "The 10 Best Strongman Moves For Football!!! WITH CHAINS!!!" but at least the kids are going to get SOMETHING out of it.

Just because something isn't "optimal" doesn't mean it can't be "mildly useful."

Anyway, back to this other shit. I was working with some kids from the school over the weekend, and one of them -- it was his first session in the semi-official off-season program -- showed up wearing Vibrams and socks up to his knees.

The guy who's helping me out -- who played in the NFL for several years -- knew precisely what was up with this and told the kid to go home.

"When you're ready to come back dressed to act and train like a football player, let us know, and you can lift."

I wasn't about to go that far, but I understand where he was coming from. We have priorities with our teams -- to get kids stronger, faster, and better -- and that shit isn't one of them. I seriously have nothing against that whole business. I don't. What they do is pretty impressive if you're into that sort of thing. I know some of the top level guys personally, and they're very impressive athletes who can do a lot of shit I can't. I don't want it in my weight room, though.

Angry Coach

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