When Achilles was a little baby his mother dipped him into a river of magic in order to protect him from the world. It worked because Achilles could not be harmed except on the one heel that his mother neglected to submerge in the water because of where she held him when she dipped him into the water.
If you’ve been following my social media for any length of time you’ve probably noticed that I frequently point out certain distractions that the general public engages in way too much in this day and age. These distractions are specific behaviors that have without a doubt dumbed down the general population and may very well be killing everyone’s gains!
Lack of time, space, and equipment are frequently the excuses many will lean on to “skip out” on a day’s work, or to be accepted as a “discouraging factor” in regards to trying to achieve performance.
Yes, the more resources that are available to one the better, however those resources don’t always have to be defined as just having a fully stocked weight room. No, knowledge of training and the grit to leverage what resources you do have at your disposal are what will really yield you the biggest results! In short, a creative approach and the ability to tap into what you have will always trump just having access to a bunch of bells and whistles.
The key to acquiring physical prowess is making sure to train and become proficient with movements, as well as being able to resist movement at the right time as well. A well designed training plan can incorporate both of these scenarios and for the sake of today’s article it can be done with something as simple as a medicine ball.
As strength coaches one thing that enables us to advance a trainee, or athlete is being able to identify weaknesses. It’s sort of counterintuitive because even though we’re called “strength coaches” in many cases the ability for us to investigate and identify weaknesses is what makes us successful. It’s sort of like we’re the Sherlock Holmes detectives of the iron game!