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I had a coach tell me once that he would rather have an athlete who can do single leg db cleans vs someone who can do a 300 lbs power clean. What are your thoughts?

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Comment by George Forrester on September 20, 2012 at 1:37pm

Athletes that are in the top level porgrams are a very small precentage of individules who already have a very strong skill base.  The mobility and stability exsists and regardless of what types of training modes are implimented, they will still preform at a high level.  You can be the strongest in the weight room, but if doesn't cross over to the feild/court it really dosen't matter. A player that performs at a high level should follow a sound program based on sound priniples that do not put you at a higher level of injury.  It is important to educate the players and make them trust what you are bringing to the table.  Regardless of the type of training or exercise there is always a risk of injury.   

Comment by Jay on September 19, 2012 at 12:27pm

The discussion was that db cleans were better on than cleans at making athletes better. This coach was coaching high school kids at the time. Would the case u mentioned with Tom Brady be true yes, why risk it. It would be safer to do explosive Olympic lifts if at all or med ball work among many other forms of training. Now the thing I was getting at was that just be ause this coach coached at the professional level doesn't really mean he's fit to coach others. Like u said is a pro going to successful because he did certain workouts or because he has been given amazing athletic ability?
Comment by Craig Cheek on September 19, 2012 at 8:06am

If Tom Brady is paying you $10K a month to train him and says he likes 1 arm single leg DB hang cleans, what are you going to do?

Whether an athlete of his caliber is DB hang cleaning or doing full squat cleans with a barbell, he's still going to be who he is. So do barbell cleans all you want, but if Tom Brady says he tweaked his back doing barbell cleans, guess who is out of a job?

Im not saying its right. Unfortunate would be a better word. But it is the reality.


Comment by Jay on September 18, 2012 at 4:38pm
I agree. This was a guy who spent time in the professional ranks and thought this was a good component to create athletes. I've posted before that I think that just because you coach at a certain level, doesn't necesarily mean you are a great coach. This is a classic example of how knowing the right people and being lucky enough not to injure athletes in this profession can get you somewhere. There needs to be more accountability from the NSCA and those who hire coaches. I strongly believe for reasons like these that the s&c field may not advance much more than where it already is.
Comment by David Stallard on September 18, 2012 at 11:40am

I would listen to other people.

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