Not What You Do; It's How You Do It

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Not What You Do; It's How You Do It

It is too easy in this profession to get caught up with chasing the next perfect program or spending hours critiquing every rep scheme, volume base, or periodization model.

As strength and conditioning coaches, we all are guility of this. I'm advising you to trust your gut and discontinue this practice. Coaches pushing new products on the market want you to believe that the newest training program is going to deliver results that are wildly imaginable.

I am here to tell you that your next championship is not going to be won by changing your sets, reps, etc. Make absolutely no mistake.

It's not what you do; it's how you do it.

Let that sink in for a second.

I've seen some of the most complex training programs come across my desk and they are worth less than the paper they are wrote on if they are not executed well and sold to the athletes. Our worth as strength and conditioning coaches is not in the strength training program.


I've always witness some of the most basic programs, 5 movement Dan John-esq programs and marveled in their simplicity. A novice coach may look at a program like that and scoff but the devil is in the details. A program like Dan John's intervention is that athletes (and coaches) are not inundated with so many complex details that they can focus their efforts into giving 100% effort behind their movements. It's brilliant.

  1. Weighted Carry
  1. Hinge
  2. Squat
  3. Pull
  4. Press

I've done it all. I've had some of the most basic programs in my life that delivered athletes and teams to championships. I've also had very complex programs that were tough to sell to athletes and required a greater level of maturity for athletes to comprehend.

Maybe it's the Zen-mindset I hold but I've always reverted to believing that there is true beauty in the basics.

It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
Bruce Lee