Every training method one has should have an origin. Every technique I have that I share with the other coaches that I work with is explained first with history. What I mean is that I share who and where I got the idea, method, and exercise from in order to understand my interpretation of the information. I also explained what worked and what didn’t work well for me. Often, like the olympic lifts it took longer to learn as I never competed in the sport and had to learn over time. In high school I didn’t do plyometrics so I had to learn to do them when I was in college. The history of who I am as well as the history of the coach that shared with me his or her knowledge is important to consider when increasing one’s training inventory. Many times methods are developed and shaped by personal experience and I think many coaches that don’t include or include too much of one thing are biased. I am strongly a believer that training style should not exist as each coach should let the individual athlete’s style shine while muffling their unique weaknesses. Currently I feel that conventional training is being diluted by way too much corrective exercise, causing athletes to get hurt and stay hurt by being weak, out of shape, and unskilled. We must get back to the fundamental needs of training and look at our own training inventories. My training inventory increases each year and it is also shaped by visiting other coaches that may be doing it better in some fashion. On example is my use of other sports methods to help with a sporting skill that I am trying to develop. I have used soccer kicks for jumpers during various parts of the season because I am a fan of the sport and see some skill transfer with high jump. It is a break from the monotony of training and helps with what Dan Pfaff sees positive features on planting and timing of plant leg through extension . How much this transfers if any will be subject to debate but what I do know it’s worth some GPP time at least. I often share the specific point of my career with athletes each drill so they know how important it is for them and how much thought I put into workouts. Often what could look as bland is very complicated when you look at it and athletes often respect the efforts. I think the origin of where you get things things is vital, and those details can build confidence of how each element is a selective placement as well as being part of an evolutionary and interdisciplinary process. Without knowing the history training elements have no identity and 9 out of 10 times done incorrectly.
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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