Working for the past few years with young athletes and especially this past year and a half with primarily high school athletes, I have realized that no matter how much things have changed they very much stay the same.
English: Frank Zane, three times Mr.Olympia winner (1977,1978,1979) Columbus, Ohio, United States ??????: ???????? ????? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My days as an athlete at the same high school where I now provide services to the kids as a strength coach were spent following bits and pieces of advice from a couple well meaning coaches and yet getting the bulk of my information and motivation from guys like Joe Weider, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Lou Ferrigno and Tom Platz.
I played several sports other than bodybuilding and yet my programming was built around the bodybuilding model.
Better biceps and a bigger chest were motivators for most of us at that time. Being a bit stronger was a nice cross over benefit for other things in life but not the focus.
Here we are 30 years later and while the science of exercise & sport has come light years along the prime motivators for at least the majority of males has changed very little.
I still respect those former bodybuilders and the motivations they provide, but now I follow the lead of several folks who develop programming with a mixture of science and art to enhance performances that are a bit more specific to the actual sports participated in. Vern Gambetta ? @coachgambetta, Mike Boyle
@BodybyBoyle, Dan John, Eric Cressy @EricCressey, to name a few of those I might now refer to as my strength training mentors.
A recent article in Club Industry magazine spoke directly to club operators addressing these youth programs. Several of the suggestions from the article I have found to be accurate in my experience.
Teen athletes and their motivations need to be to some extent accepted. They apparently aren’t changing a great deal over the years, so accept or not the motivators will be the same.
I am finding that while I would love them to follow my Continue reading