"SUCCESS IS A JOURNEY NOT A DESTINATION"
A term that I always refer to when training our football players at College
of the Canyons is WORK CAPACITY.
Work capacity involves several physical qualities, these include:
and anaerobic capacity
composition (% body fat)
mobility (range of motion, durability)
My goal is to constantly build and develop greater work capacity in our
players. Whether it is their
ability to do more quality work at higher intensities in the weight room or to
find a way to complete 20 ½ gassers during conditioning, their ability to do
these things depends on their work capacity.
Often times, players and coaches will focus on one or two specific things
to emphasize during the summer such as getting stronger or getting in better
shape etc. I, however, choose to
emphasize ALL of the above areas almost EVERY DAY.
In making our 7:00 AM weight room sessions very demanding and intense and
THEN following this up with some speed, agility, or explosive work on the field,
THEN conditioning THEN practice…..I am doing all I can to increase the work
capacity in each and every player on our squad. I know, I know….this sounds
like quite a lot of work! The
following is a typical day for our football players @ COC (we train Monday thru
|7:15 am||Roll call and announcements|
|7:30-8:30||Weights (includes some plyos, core strength, etc.)|
|8:30-8:50||Warm-up and agilities/speed|
|9:30-9:40||Water and stretch|
I will relate a story that I heard from Fred Roll (LONG time Strength coach at the University of Kansas). Coach Roll said that in all his years of training athletes, he had never seen a player flat out physically fail due to the amount of work he put them through. Understand that he was not referring to his ability to make an individual throw-up or lay on the grass like a puddle of mud after conditioning, he was referring to a player just pooping-out so to speak from his total program.
He came to the conclusion that he might be able to push his players a little harder and harder, and harder…as their work capacity continued to build. In doing so, he found that he was seeing players get even bigger, stronger, faster, and more powerful than ever.
All this made me wonder whether I was "too soft"?
My players probably wouldn't think so, but from a coach's perspective it was
possible. The human body is
remarkably resilient; we are physically able to push our bodies into unseen
territory on almost a daily basis! The problem is usually not PHYSICAL as much
as it is PSYCHOLOGICAL. The human
mind usually tells our bodies to quit well before it physically has to stop.
What does all this mean? Well, it doesn't mean that you should push
yourself over the top and not listen to your head!
It should, however, arm you with the knowledge that your body is very
strong and able to withstand a lot of physical turmoil.
Understand that to increase one's work capacity, you have to work hard
and truly push yourself, consider the following:
DISCOMFORT = NO TOUGHENING"
PHYSICAL DEMAND = NO TOUGHTENING"
PERSONAL CONFRONTATION = NO TOUGHENING"
As I tell my players, if you pay the price now, the competition will not seem
so hard. At COC I guarantee you
that games are no where near as tough as practices, weights, and conditioning
because as a strength coach, I am in the "building work capacity business"!
Come visit our Cougar Strength
website to see what our football team is doing daily @
"WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE WHEN FALL ASKS YOU 'WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING ALL SUMMER?'"