Performance is limited by an athlete’s weaknesses, not by their strengths, therefore training must shift from weakness to weakness. Training to eliminate weaknesses, until no weakness remains is the process which yields consistent, meaningful, and significant progress. To identify weaknesses in conditioning, technique, and tactics, baseline testing and observation of the athlete is the starting point.
Skill and Strategy Testing & Technique Program Development
Sport specific skills and strategies are the weaknesses most athletes fail to develop, falling to the belief that conditioning and peaking will overcome all technical flaws. If that was true, then Olympic Weight Lifters would excel not only in lifting, but across all sports. They don’t. The fact that 14 and 15 year olds have won Olympic gold indicates that technique is the greatest determinant of peak performance. If that wasn’t the case, then only athletes at their physiological and psychological peaks (i.e. ages 18-24) would win Olympic gold.
Observation of sport specific skill and strategy execution is time intensive but it is the greatest tool to improving performance. It takes time for a coach to identify the underlying biomechanical, physiological, and/or psychological issues holding an athlete back. It takes time to develop a program of drills designed specifically to address gaps in skill and strategy. It takes time for an athlete to retrain execution of skills and strategies, but the payoff to this form of training is so great that outcomes need to be measured on a logarithmic scale.
Optimally, athletes seeking their peak potential understand that the process of developing technically occurs over seasons, not months or weeks. As a result, it is recommend that for the sport of swimming, athletes consider joining The Olympian Experience Swim Team (TOEST) to obtain proper stroke and technical training. For the sports of cycling, running, and triathlon, The Olympian Experience Triathlon Team (TOETT) offers on road and off road skills and technique training programs. If one on one coaching is desired, than single sport consultations can be arranged to identify the aspects needed to achieve performance goals. Follow up sessions arranged on a regular schedule (e.g. bi-weekly or monthly) provide the opportunity for ongoing evaluation and progression.
One on one coaching starts with an in person complementary session where athlete and coach discuss training philosophy, priorities, goals, and timelines to ensure that there is a proper fit. From there, assessment and training dates, times, and locations are arranged.