Hockey pre-season conditioning is now starting and the summer is going to busy…busy…busy! Always a fun time with amazing athletes who work their butts off! Even though I enjoy every minute of it I also find myself frustrated! Frustrated because every summer I run into an overachieving parent who thinks they know best! They want their child to spend every moment training for Hockey! They will go to great lengths to find, what they think, is the best training, the best equipment, the best …the best….the best!
Now, don’t get me wrong! There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your child BUT there are limits! I find it funny that when you start to talk about reducing dysfunction and getting the child to perform better by moving better, it’s an entirely new language to them! They want all the fancy exercises, the fancy training tools, the hardest workouts and most workouts they can get per week. The goal is never to find the underlying dysfunctions! These dysfunctions that potentially will reduce performance. I just don’t get it!
I think the Strength & conditioning industry will change drastically and very soon when we have amazing people leading the industry. Such greats as Chad Benson, Michael Boyle, Eric Cressey and so much more! Stuart McGill and Thomas Meyers who lead with so much knowledge and help us in the fitness industry teach with passion and great research!
Some of these parents don’t want to hear about the Spiral line or want to understand how the Functional Movement screens are performed. They want their child to lift heavy, push hard and look fancy on each and every exercise! Well, to that I say… “Find a new trainer”! When you really want to see success and reduce dysfunction then give me a call!
Success takes knowledge and knowledge is power! That power transfers to any sport! Train smart, train right to be better!