Youth Conditioning Programs
Why hold on to the ‘norm’?
What’s the point of doing what everyone else always has?
Case in point.
I’ve worked with literally dozens of different high schools
over the past several years and almost always have been
asked to ‘add’ to there already existing programs rather
than re-create a system that I know will work better.
It takes time, but eventually the Coaching staff come to
learn that my style of athletic development works better
than what they currently have and turn the reigns
completely over to me.
And when that happens, do you know what my first step
is in changing the face of their youth conditioning programs and methods?
I separate the freshmen from everyone else.
High school represents a perfect developmental model.
4-years of having the same athletes – guaranteed.
So rather than making the young 14 year olds perform the
same lifts as the 18 year old seniors (and with the same
zeal of heavy loads) I remove them from the equation and
train them as a separate group.
We work on things like summation of forces, lift technique
and speed/agility basics.
This gives them a solid foundation on which to grow and
ensures they don’t get caught up in the ‘how much can you
lift’ world of high school athletics.
By the time they are sophomores, they are much better
equipped to handle loads and perform lifts with more
accuracy and precision.
Now this methodology flies in the face of what most high
school athletic programs do.
But trust me when I say that it’s a much superior system.
Don’t be afraid to go against the ‘norm’ with Youth Conditioning Programs.
Carlos Alvarez, looked at as the best high school
strength coach in the entire United States, will be discussing
topics just like this one next month at our International Summit.
MORE than worth taking a look at –
Have a great weekend!