“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” - Abraham Lincoln
Have you ever experienced athletes or fitness clients coming to you to become faster or more powerful for a certain activity?
They often bring the expectation that they will be spending the most time - beginning immediately! - training with the most obvious power and speed exercises, like Olympic lifting, sprinting etc.
However, taking into consideration how the body works the ability to train safely and effectively with the most obvious power and speed exercises builds, on physical capacities like flexibility, stability, structural strength, maximal strength and endurance.
By developing ('sharpening') these qualities first the subsequent power and speed training can be performed with much greater safety and efficiency (and thus the analogy to the above quote).
From experience, I have found two keys to making the client buy into first "sharpening the ax": 1 The better I understand it, the better I can explain it. 2 Offering the athlete/client challenging workouts from the very beginning, explaining clearly how each exercise play a role in improving the final performance.
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