When it comes to training, many people get caught up in doing the ‘latest and greatest’ methods; using the hottest, newest (but unproven) equipment; taking the ‘magic pill’ advice of internet gurus who’ve never actually coached anyone; or following the training methods of a single champion who might be succeeding in spite of their unusual training methods due to insane talent or pharmaceutical intervention. Often lost in the shuffle of overly seductive false promises and super sexy training bling are the basic and ordinary training methods that will actually get you better. These tend to be research backed and time-proven methods that have been used over to produce champions. They’re not fly-by-night means and methods that’ll be here today and gone tomorrow.
Focus on the basics and you’ll do well. There’s no reason to add in anything extra until you’re doing the basics as best as they can be done. If you’re a speed-power athlete ask yourself the following:
- Are you sprinting regularly with appropriate rest intervals?
- Are you doing some form of compound lower body strength building activities (squatting, dead lifting, lunging, etc)?
- Do you use a tried and true method of developing explosive power (like simple jumping activities with good mechanics)?
- Are you following a training plan that is gradual and progressive that pushes you toward your goals within the necessary time frames.
If you answered yes to all of those questions you’re doing well. Add some variance in and progress things out accordingly and you’ll see great results.