Do you have time to get specific?
Spending time on highly kinematically specific training is possibly not going to be best use of time if you only see your athletes once, twice or even 3 times per week. for an hour at a time. There’s just too much general, fundamental work that needs to be done with the majority.
Much better to become awesome at general movements, strong at basic strength exercises, build a fantastic work capacity and high robustness levels through good old general training.
98 percent of the athletes I train, and as a university my team looks after (around 150-200 per week in high season) we work in this way.
Placing this value on the fundamental movements is what build athleticism.
Athleticism transfers to the field, court, battle arena.
Why? Because the ability to produce and reduce force, in multiple planes of movement, stabilise, be mobile and generally move well is the essence of being an athlete. In this way it’s highly specific kinetically.
The ‘sport specific’ movements are when you have the time to do them, the athlete understands them, and they are at a level to actually benefit from them.
Then it’s about consultation with coaches and athlete to find out which areas they could improve further, which parts of their game can be emphasised more in a particular phase of training or leading to a particular event.
With this team based specific approach the extra 2% will perhaps improve that little bit further. But do consider the value even with the 2%.
Use your 2-3 hours wisely.
Get something out of it.
Make the changes that make the difference.
To conclude this little piece, here’s some thoughts from Kelvin Giles on the subject of specialisation which carries over nicely:
Kicking specialist, defensive specialist, kettlebell specialist, weight-loss specialist, speed specialist, strength specialist, science specialist, sports injury specialist, rehab specialist, core-training specialist……the more ‘specialists’ we have the further we seem to move away from getting the fundamentals right.
Not only can this specialisation create a silo mentality in an operation but there is also the tendency to use a ‘paint-by-numbers’ process where all these parts are cobbled together with little attempt to have a seamless journey.
As my friend Vern Gambetta always states – ‘learn to be a generalist’. Maybe it is best to be the best ‘generalist’ you can ever be before thinking of specialisation.
Thanks for reading as always folks.
Don’t forget my Designing Resistance Training Programme Webinar (scroll down below Dan Bakers webinar) this Friday at 7pm GMT. I’ll be covering all this and more in that session. If you can’t make it live don’t worry, you get a recording as part of the package.