All Of That Equipment
Sometimes we can become overwhelmed when we have a variety of equipment to use during training. We discover exercises that we “must” include often. We also have lots of others that we like but can only fit in occasionally. Then we seem to have the “like them but never seem to work them into the plan” exercises. Of course, we all have some exercises that we choose not to use for one reason or another. I’ve been in situations before where we had so much equipment that we could never work all of it into a training program in a month’s time. Was that a problem? Not at all. First, that’s much better than not having enough. Secondly, I have a hard time believing that a solid training program would have found a way to use all of the equipment. But the question is, what equipment do you really need? Maybe not as much as you think.
Keeping It Simple
For example, today I used a jumprope, a physioball, some steps, and a few medicine balls for all of my own workout. I was able to include explosive exercises, plyometrics, leg work, and core exercises. Throw in a few cones for speed and agility work and you could have easily created an effective workout for most athletes. So I ask again? How much do you need to be effective?
I have always liked the idea of including a variety of different drills and exercises in my programs. Notice I said “the idea”. The use of variety in training programs is a delicate balancing act and it’s not always the best idea to add in new things. Obviously anything new has to be geared to your athletes’ needs and level of experience. I also try to keep in mind that it’s better to master a few drills than to learn many and master none. Even so, sometimes I will take a day and “change things up” somehow. I may change the order of things in the workout or I may add in some slight variations of old exercises. One of my favorite things is to go old school with the equipment that I use. I like to use jumpropes, med balls, and various bodyweight exercises. I also tend to keep the exercises and drills simple. This isn’t a day that you want to be teaching a lot of of new things. However, simple drills and simple equipment does not equal an easy workout. The workload and what the athlete gets out of the workout is up to the coach. These “simple” workouts can challenge athletes in new ways and break up the drudgery of the normal workouts. It can do the same thing for coaches.
Sometimes it’s possible to focus on using everything that we have at our disposal and get away from the basics. Don’t be afraid to simplify things sometimes. It will be good for your athletes.