It’s not about sets and reps!
We talk a lot about the best programme, the best exercises, the top 5 this, the fastest way to do that.
What about the environment we set the generate those results? Is that not important too?
I think so.
Recent books such as the talent code, talent is overrated, gold mine effect, bounce and many more do a decent job of summarising some of the research about the physiology of learning. None of them are rocket science, but essentially deep practice is the key, its not just about turning up.
Training with a purpose is another way of phrasing this.
What these books also show is that the environment is key, perhaps even more so than the content of what goes on in the actual sessions.
The concrete tennis court with the ever present coach in Russia that produced many of the worlds best female tennis players.
The sprint track in Jamaica with the crew over there that ran fast every day from being children.
Closer to home the hills and tracks in Yorkshire that the Brownlee brothers and their group can be found, again with the ever present, consistent messages from the coaching team.
The table tennis court in the village hall that at one time had many of European best training there, growing up on the same street! The coach who always showed, was consistent, provided stimulating sessions for his trainees.
Like most things when you break them down, it’s not too difficult an equation to solve. Putting the passionate, driven coaches with the young aspiring talent. Providing the education to keep those coaches on the cutting edge, thats a big part of it.
Then we get to training culture and environment. Getting the energy givers in the same room, both coaches and athletes. Training together, fuelling each other, building a culture that is unbeatable. Surely it’s only time before this produces results. Think of the training camps and sessions you have been part of that we’re the best environment, not just collecting data, actually getting better.
Of course genetics plays its part, more so in some sports than others but a part none the less. We can’t do much to influence this except nurture the genes we have been blessed to watch over. Put the best team around them.
What about athletic development or S&C? We are a small part of an overall culture. Part of the bigger picture,
but we can still have influence.
Our space is under our control (generally).
So what level are you at?
Forget sets and reps for a minute, what level are you coaching at?
Are you at the top of your mental coaching game? Are you coaching your best?
Choose to inspire not to survive or exist. Set an example and practice what you preach for a moment. And reflect and improve daily.
We can make changes to people through this alone. A percent a day for the better leads to huge markers over the months and years. The opposite is also true though.
Let me sum up with this statement:
Great culture + average programme beats great programme + average culture
Choose high performance for yourself and your clients will follow.
Maybe choose change.
Keep on pushing and building that legacy!