Top 10 Reasons Why Your Weight Program Might Suck

Top 1o Reasons Why Your Program Might Suck

When thinking about the Top 10 reasons why your weight program might suck I just thought all the mistakes I made in my career as a coach. I could have called this the top 10 reasons why my program sucked at one time or another. Every one of these reasons I have been guilty of. That is why I am sharing these tips on what NOT to do. Although we will never consider ourselves at the top of the mountain my goal is to get as close to the top of the mountain as possible.

  1. The program was designed for someone else. This is THE #1 mistake I see from coaches that don’t have a full-time strength coach. It is completely okay to go and what other great coaches are doing but trying to mimic a program designed for another team shouldn’t be the goal. It should be a way to question the “Why” behind your philosophies and objectives.
  2. No Testing, No Data, No Idea. This is a pain in the butt, I admit. But there is nothing more eye opening than seeing the data that drives the program. Staying on pace and in-line with more testing and objective and quantifiable data is essential to building a program built for your team.
  3. Same Program Every Year, Every Month, Every Day. Athletes are changing every year. If you don’t recognize this your crazy. Athletes have more issues and injuries at younger ages because of the lack of physical literacy. If your program hasn’t changed since “Nebraska Power” program back in 1994 you probably need to rethink some things in the weight room.
  4. You are doing the same workout that the athletes are doing. If you are doing the same workout as your team you probably need to rethink the purpose of the workouts for teams. We, as “old” men and women, have much different goals in mind than an athlete. Yes, athletes want to look good too but that is not the purpose behind the workouts. The workouts should be built with the “Athlete” in mind. And Athleticism involves a much different approach than coaches.
  5. The workout is named after a person. Yes, if you are a coach that loves CrossFit you aren’t going to like this. This will probably explode with negative comments but CrossFit wasn’t made for athletes. There are some benefits and small places for it sometimes in the program but it shouldn’t be a everyday affair with CrossFit. CrossFit is for fitness. Doing over 30 Reps of anything is pointless in many ways. We are building athletes and NOT fitter people.
  6. You can’t answer the “Why”. Why needs to be at the beginning of the programming model. Why are we doing this? Why do we need this in our program? This is the question I would ask to each coach that are solely focused on Olympic Lifting in their programs.
  7. You have other duties as a coach that are more important. We all have other duties and responsibilities that will get you fired is another story. As a teacher/coach/strength coach I had 3 jobs that I got paid for and 2 of them where more important. My teaching and being a sport coach were the two that were the high pressure jobs so that is what I spent the most time and effort on. Working to NOT get fired is not a good feeling when you try to come to work everyday. And ask yourself, “Could I do a better job in the weight room if this were the only thing I was responsible for”?
  8. No research, No education, No clue. This point stays in line with #7. If we don’t have enough time to go visit mentors, take classes and courses, and get better in the field then we have no business being in it. We have some things you might be interested in.
  9. You don’t have the time. If you don’t have the time to spend on the programming what good are you doing for your team and can you do any better? This is the #1 thing I hear from coaches and the same thing I was guilty of. Don’t let this be the excuse that you give all other coaches. Find some help!
  10. You don’t have the staff. This is another one I hear from coaches. “I don’t have anyone that really knows what they are doing so now I have to do it”. It shouldn’t be a “Have” to do. This job requires lots of selfless time pouring into athletes that need leadership and direction in and out of the weight room. If you “Have” to do it the product that you put in competition won’t be close the what it can be until you find someone that WANTS to do it.

The purpose of this was to make coaches aware of the things that they can do better with their teams. So hopefully I spark some conversation with this piece and made some people think. If you would like some additional resources we would be happy to help in any way that we can. We have services that will fit your needs.

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