Are You Training What You Think You're Training?

Bigger, Faster, Stronger.

These three words are yelled from strength and sport coaches all over the country when talking about what they want they're strength and conditioning program to accomplish, but when the rubber meets the road and athletes begin training, are they actually training what the coaches think they're training? One thing that I've noticed a lot lately is that many coaches will claim to be training aspect of physical performance, but either because of how they set the session up, or by failing to make sure the athlete is recovered enough, they end up not doing what they think they're doing. Because anyone can get someone tired and make them feel like throwing up, or like they had a "good workout", this does not mean that the individual got faster, stronger, or any more powerful because of that session. Very rarely in a progressive training program will an athlete feel like they've just gotten their ass kicked, and rather it will feel like they're resting way more than they think they should. This is because to truly improve performance, you have to respect the rest that these qualities demand in training, and the execution of training has to be the highest priority, with a quality over quantity mindset, instead of always just trying to do more.