HOW TO PROPERLY PROGRESS A TRAINING PROGRAM…
In an industry that is so personalized, it may seem very obtuse to the norm that we at AW would not only allow but in fact enforce that an athlete is exposed to each and every member of our coaching staff, over the course of their training season. Most training facilities may employ one or two full-time [salaried] coaches and then accompany them with several independent contractors or part-time employees, to help handle the volume of athletes. This model, while significantly more profitable for the company, tends to lead to discrepancies among training protocols, methodologies, and the proper progression of training programs.
Since our team [at AW] functions as a unit we partake in a daily ritual of discussing every single athlete that is coming in the door that day and for the following week. What this allows us to create is an incredibly comprehensive approach towards training as we are not limited by our inevitably insipid mindset, yet, we are bolded by the expertise and resourceful nature of the entire unit. No matter how successful a strength coach one may be, there have been times where they have felt ‘too close to the whiteboard’. Meaning that they have worked with this athlete so often and for so long that their vision of progression becomes stagnant, unidimensional, and perhaps even innocuous. Step-in the AW approach!
The art of programming with proper progression is much more than understanding the physiology of an athlete. The coach must have the ability to experience the athlete in a training setting to adequately establish a deepened understanding of their physical, mental, and maturational abilities. Writing a program based on just the physical demands and potentials of an athlete is like trying to walk across a bridge that has missing planks; sure you may get lucky but eventually, you will fall in.
One final note to this approach is that while we require every coach to be involved with the progression of an athlete, each athlete does still have a primary coach. The primary coach is the one who is ultimately responsible for the progression of the athlete and will take-in the insight that is garnered from the other coaches experiencing training their athlete and progress the program accordingly.