Several years ago, I watched this segment on Outside the Lines on ESPN. I must admit, it really made me think long and hard about the performance training we do with athletes here in the United States. I realize the topic may be a touchy situation, but I think it's worth a read, some digestion, and than perhaps a little discussion. Tighten up your bootstraps!
Here's a few statements/questions to ponder.
1. 50 + years ago the Russians integrated testosterone into their competitive weightlifting program (and track program probably, too).
2. We, here in the United States, are enamored with the type of weightlifting and performance technologies that the Russians employed during the 1950's. We could call this the "Russian-mystique."
3. During that period of time, the Russians began developing superior athletes on a world stage compared to those of the United States and other democratic societies.
4. Much of the popular training doctrines for athletes today still have their theoretical basis in Russian technologies of the 1950s.
5. Now, if the group of coaches and athletes cheated to get superior results compared to those who didn't cheat at the time, why would we chase the outcomes from a training mindset that probably was falsely based to begin with, that being the results were tainted?
6. If I cheated on a math test and got an A, but didn't really study, took short-cuts, ect., would there be any real value in my methodologies to getting the A other than outside appearances?
7. Can we not use American ingenuity and creativity to break free from the Russian mystique and develop the kind of cutting-edge coaches and training methodologies that our athletes and tactical warriors deserve? ...I think we can!
8. Why, what, how to, did it work?