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Quote of the Week vol. 246

"You know Chris it's funny, the track people think we're doing football workouts, and the football people think we're doing track workouts."

- Brian the Trainer, somewhere around 2010.

Endurance people want endurance. Weightlifters want weightlifting. Powerlifters powerlifting. And to get really good at those things, you need to specialize at some point. Just what exactly that point is is not always clear for both athletes and coaches.

We do CrossFit. Just CrossFit. A simple and potent blend of everything; we would not take a decline in any area at the expense of another. And I have yet to see an athlete that I don't believe will see the results they want from this blend if they are patient enough. Football players should be doing Murph and cross country runners should be doing max effort back squat.

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Reader Comments (7)

Ahh!!! Sounds so familiar! I get athletes and coaches saying this to me all the time: "Coach T, what SPECIFIC exercise should I do to get better at football, basketball, wrestling etc. My simple answer, you need to develop your athletic movement patters (Squat, Jump, Push, Pull and Run) that about covers it. Yes, we lift weights but we also train movement patters and strive to get better at them as they show up on the field/court/platform/mat. I guess this is one of the hardest things to put in an "old school" coaches head. The "Take Over" keeps pounding the rock!

June 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCoach T

So true. Something I always gotta keep in mind. Thanks for the reminder.

June 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabal

Both athletes showing us the non-hook grip pull-ups. Thank goodness for Carl Paoli and K-star.

June 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMel

True dat, Coach T, and as you dive more into the world of CrossFit, it's the same stuff. Really, it's just people trying to say they just want to do what they're good at - which is not a bad thing at all. Just tell it like it is.

Mel, unfortunately that is me and Brian from the New Old Weight Room (2012) in case the grainy pictures made it hard to tell. And we are actually trying to move away from the hook grip on pull-ups and make it a gym-wide thing to go reverse grip.

June 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sinagoga

I still don't understand why people go with the suicide grip for pull-ups (thumb not wrapped around bar). Not sure you need a true hook grip (where thumb actually touches index finger), but the thumb needs to be around that bar. Do people do ring muscle-ups with the suicide grip? They do not. Skill transfer.

June 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMel

I used to do it out of habit, and it seems to have a lot to do with tight shoulders. Having the hook grip forces more external rotation.

June 15, 2018 | Registered CommenterChris Sinagoga

I do it because I'm jacked and it makes people mad online.

June 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

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