This blog is somewhere to sort out my thoughts on coaching and training. And as I back in 2006 had Swedens first blog on CrossFit Training, I might as well have the last as well (despite this one not much on CrossFit ).
I work with various dutys around the world of sport and training. I am the national coach for the Swedish functional fitness federation. I am a coach in cycling in my home town. I also work as an educator, teaching functional training, Olympic lifting and training program design for the company responsible for the worlds best barbell, Eleiko. I also opened Swedens first CrossFit affiliate in 2009 which I still own and operate.
If you would like to get a good view on who I am, and how I approach the subject of coaching I advice you to start here:
Some sort of explanation on why I think that “another blog about coaching” would be necessary is to be found here
I do not believe that training is a linear adaptation to stress. I write about this here:
“Everything should be made as simple as possible”, Albert Einstein once said, and added “but not simpler”. Most sprinters and sprint coaches already take their gym work seriously, but in sports where strength and power training is not as natural coaches and athletes often obey the first part of the Einstein quote, but then might make the mistake of simplifying just too much.
If we ”walk the extra mile” instead of getting stuck only with ”starting strength” or other programs taken from the internet, prescribe individual and contextual exercises we can to a greater extent than we think affect performance positively.At the same time, once we have agreed that it matters what we do even so far away from the field of sports as in the gym, we might easily get stuck in a state of paralysis, overwhelmed by all possible decisions and their consequences. We risk to get stuck in either the “that does not matter” or “overoptimization” ends of the spectrum.
“Why is teaching more difficult than learning? Not because the teacher must have a larger store of information, and have it always ready. Teaching is even more difficult than learning because what teaching calls for is this: to let learn. The real teacher, in fact, lets nothing else be learned than learning. [..] The teacher is ahead of his apprentices in this alone, that he has still more to learn than they – he has to learn to let them learn. The teacher must be capable of being more teachable than the apprentices.”Martin Heidegger
How to hold yourself accountable to be a good teacher? I’ve written a series with advice to do just that
Did I hear you ask for advice on how to implement complementary training? Start here for examples posts with various problem descriptions and the potential solutions:
Phew, then the rest, perhaps?