Whether you are training high school athletes, professional sports icons, or people with special needs, you're working with human movement and behavior..and there will always be underlying correlations.
It's often a challenge to train an unmotivated client or a client with special needs. However, if you can apply some basic behavioral fundamentals, you can be empowered to take control of your training sessions and help your client reach his/her goals.
It's an area that is in dire need of attention; however, basic programming knowledge will not suffice. If you want to help children with disabilities, specialized knowledge and insight must first be gained.
If you clicked on this article because you think you can relate, because you think I’m going to be talking about being ‘addicted to iron,’ addicted to the feel of a heavy barbell on my back, addicted to the way your throat tightens up from breathing in chalk dust or addicted to the whiff of a snapped ammonia cap, just pass on through.
If you’re in the military, or you’re a police officer or fireman, or you work some other job where you’re under considerable amounts of stress on a regular basis, you’re going to want to read this article.
Having used the conjugate system in my own training and with professional male basketball athletes, I’ve found it quite easy to “sell” the idea of max effort, dynamic, and repeated effort methods to experienced athletes and lifters.
Jim Wendler has written a great series on tips for beginners. I was talking to Dave Tate about it and he gave me the idea for this article. I want to share what my workouts looked like when I first got to Westside Barbell.