The human body is very complex. Training it for sports, battle, and life requires some considerable thought, effort, and reflection. I like the research method approach whereas I prescribe training elements, evaluate their effectiveness and outcomes, and make judgements as far as how to adapt.…Continue
Added by John Mikula on October 1, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
It would be foolish to not consider function during training, but the dynamic understanding and intent of function-ability can easily be misunderstood. Case in point, we have functional training, but often these modalities are just physical therapy exercises or Yoga poses that pertain to these settings. We have functional movement screens, great, but again the value outside of clinical applications of highlighting injury or potential for injury is not clearly…Continue
Added by John Mikula on September 17, 2017 at 11:50am — No Comments
I think it's invaluable to be able to compare training progress and process especially with similar entities. There's are a lot of dynamics at play which contribute to why something works in one situation and not in another. "Works" meaning the training makes a measurable difference in relation to the intended outcome. For example, if the intended outcome of a training program is to help produce hardy, more dynamic athletes how would I know if training contributed…Continue
Added by John Mikula on September 13, 2017 at 7:37pm — No Comments
Reward drives human behavior. Undoubtedly, fitness is a behavior. Ultimately, we'd like athletes' behavior to be driven more by intrinsic or internal rewards than by external sources, but this type of thinking takes time to develop.
So, what can we extrinsically reward in terms of fitness behavior? Here's a place where the prudent coach really has to put some effort into thinking about the big picture. The trap…Continue
Added by John Mikula on September 11, 2017 at 8:52pm — No Comments
Dictionary.com defines the word adapt as the ability to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, ect. Charles Darwin suggested that adaptation is more of a causal factor for survival than strength or…Continue
Added by John Mikula on September 2, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
The context in which we learn is highly important, but sometimes it impairs our development as a coach and how we help shape the future of athletes. Learning context refers to the environment and/or situation in which knowledge and behavior is developed. This association can be very strong and motivating in regards to future learning and perceptions. It can open doors to learning, but close them, too.
Added by John Mikula on August 20, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
Who the heck doesn't want to train smarter? We all do, don't we? At least we should, but on further review I don't know if many entities out there really want to train smarter. I guess some do as long as it doesn't involve changing anything currently being done. A more correct statement would be, "Who the heck doesn't want to look cooler when training?" That's probably more correct.
There's a ton wrong with that train of…Continue
Added by John Mikula on August 13, 2017 at 7:46pm — No Comments
I don't think I can emphasize enough that the purpose of an athletic or tactical strength and conditioning program is to facilitate adaptation on some level. The term adaptation means that an alteration has occurred in the structure or function of an organism to increase the chance of survival. Now, we see this on-going all around us everyday in plants and animals, but with humans the change is sometimes less…Continue
Added by John Mikula on July 23, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
What are training variable models that we can work towards tying to predict? It's not easy to do; yet, its a highly valuable commodity. Don't think so, just go ask about every team in the NFL who has been riddled with injuries during the past few seasons. How did lack of training prediction models affect athletes' injury rates, performance, outcomes, team revenue, and coach's job security?
The easier route is just to take…Continue
Added by John Mikula on July 9, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments
What's the purpose for your training? What's the reason for why you train the way you do?
A. It's the way everyone else does
B. I read it in a book
C. I saw it on the internet
D. To meet the specific strength and conditioning needs of athletes
Added by John Mikula on July 1, 2017 at 10:18am — No Comments
Here are a few observations from the past few years working with athletes and coaches:
1. At the high school level, a football mentality seems to pervade as the training model for many athletes.
2. Outside of the notion of Olympic weightlifting, there is a huge lack of diversely experienced and knowledgeable strength and conditioning coaches at all levels.
3. Strength and conditioning coaches should be more proactive about preventing injuries through training rather…Continue
Added by John Mikula on June 5, 2017 at 8:05am — No Comments
Specificity really has its roots in the area of motor learning. The Theory of Specificity of Motor Learning suggests that for motor skills to carry over outside of the practice environment, learning and development of the skills must resemble the environment that the motor skills are to be used in outside of the practice environment. In the exercise realm, this theory has been broadened to include the same concept in…Continue
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Added by John Mikula on May 17, 2017 at 7:51am — No Comments
Think about this, I could put in my blood, sweat, and tears in my training as an athlete, but if the effort is headed in the wrong direction, it is somewhat of a futile effort. I think it's too easy as a strength and conditioning coach to focus on variables rather than the endgame of the athlete (right direction).
What is the training endgame of the athlete? To potentially better produce during competition, right. Now, I'm…Continue
Added by John Mikula on May 1, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Wikipedia defines physical fitness as a measure of the human body's ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations.
I like this definition of physical fitness. It describes what we're trying to achieve in many situations by employing strength training and conditioning activities. I'll say…Continue
Added by John Mikula on April 24, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Well, last week marked another week with a trend that I'd care not to see. Another week talking with athletes, former athletes, and others who are getting injured while training. It really perplexes me to the point that I just don't get it. I mean if an athlete is getting hurt while training, then why shift the blame to the athlete? At some point, a prudent coach has to take a look at her or himself and query maybe its something I'm doing?…Continue
Added by John Mikula on April 23, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Added by John Mikula on April 17, 2017 at 7:48am — No Comments
I love to ponder stuff. I love to read research. And, I love to read differing opinions of strength and conditioning. I really look forward to having my thinking challenged. I wasn't always this way, though. There was a time that any challenge to my thinking made me bristle with antagonism, but over the years this has changed. I think for the better. I don't have all of the answers, actually probably very few, but I'm willing to keep trying to ask better…Continue
Added by John Mikula on March 31, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments