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If you followed this blog for a while, you’ve noticed I’ve tried to run parallels to the business world or just ordinary working class people. I made references to Pareto’s Principle as well as the PDCA Deming Cycle.
For those lucky to still have a job, ask yourself this question:
What is the role of your Boss or supervisor?
If you a Manager, what is your role to your peers?
Is it to work harder? So you’ll perform better?
You Boss’ job is to remove obstacles and politics so you can do your job better and more efficiently.
That being said, the traditional model of coaching has always been:
Genetic potential + Training – Injuries = a PERSONAL BEST performance
This is the old method. It’s time to think outside the box, and outside of all the traditional crap such as the classic warm up and static stretches. Or classic 10×200 meter workouts where Intervals #7, #8, and #9 are pure garbage because they have butt-lock from lactic acid. Of course, interval #10 is always the fastest with everyone racing each other.
Here is a new thought:
Genetic potential – OBSTACLES – Injuries = a PERSONAL BEST performance
I have no doubt that Carl Lewis would have run fast with any coach. Of course, don’t break the egg (see the video: Jack Daniels and the Art and Science of Running). That is, run them to the ground (no pun intended) and see who is left surviving. It is fair to say Carl excelled under Coach Tom Tellez.
That doesn’t mean you should not attend a traditional seminar or conference like the USATF NPEP.
Sometimes, you just have to try new and innovative ways to clear those obstacles, instead of instilling long hard traditional training sessions.
Of course, injury prevention is the other half of the equation. Canadian 400 meter sprinter Tyler Christopher was a gifted athlete, but injury prone. Under Kevin Tyler’s coaching, sometimes all he did after the warm-up was 4×30 meters and called it quits for the day!
Kevin saw the obstacles that prevented him from running faster than his PR of 45-high to a 44.44!
If you’re looking for effective program designs for sprints, Latif Thomas has a complete online coaching program. Or Adarian Barr has some neat innovative products that helps you think outside the box.
Your role as a coach is to unlock the potential in each and every athlete, though winning the team championship is a nice bonus, too!