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 thought, right, looking cooler. If I sellout down that path, I think the training smarter part goes out the window for the most part. Smarter training involves trying to better understand the "WHY" we train and developing a smarter path "HOW" to do this. But, this takes some real investment in challenging my own training paradigms and I might not like what I find. At least, I've found this to be true.
Here's a few thoughts that have lead me to smarter training.
1. What are the physical fitness needs of those I am training in regards to being better competitors outside of the weight-room?
2. How do I know that the needs I've identified are actually the needs?
3. How can I help meet these needs through a physical training program?
4. What is the hierarchy of these needs?
5. How can I best develop a systematic plan utilizing the resources I have to meet these needs?
6. How do I know if the training really made a difference?