"Build Bullets, Not Bowling Balls"
This has to be one of my favourite quotes when it comes to training and comes from Coach Jim Radcliffe, who is the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Oregon University
This hits the nail on the head when it comes to training as far as I'm concerned. You want the perfect blend of strength, speed and agility when it comes to building an athlete. It’s pointless being strong in the weight room if you cant express that on the field, it’s pointless having blistering linear speed if you lack the ability to change direction. Becoming an athlete goes far beyond the walls of the gym.
In my opinion a good training program will address all of these, build overall athleticism and work capacity but do it in a structured, sensible fashion. All too often people are concerned more with doing work for works sake instead of doing only what is necessary to achieve the goal. Now I’m all for working hard and pushing yourself in training but that work needs to be focussed on the areas that offer the most "bang for your buck" and not just add to fatigue and inevitably a decrease in performance.
"Fatigue Masks Fitness"
Not a truer word has been said, the role of training is to prepare you to perform not break you down. Train optimally, not maximally as a wise man once told me. Yes get strong but also get fit, fast and agile. You need to move, move well and develop the specific conditioning that will enable you to do this under varying levels of fatigue when the time comes...... game day.