There are many trainers that boast of their accomplishments with
professional and elite athletes. They wear it like a badge of honour on
their sleeve. Sure, it’s great for marketing purposes, but how much of
the training truly contributes to an athlete’s success?
When watching athletes in action, it is obvious even for the untrained eye that some athletes are “faster” or more “explosive” than others. Likewise, it is evident that some athletes manage to perform certain movements quicker than others. No doubt much of this can be attributed to superior technical skills achieved through many hours of practice, but any coach will tell you that “fast” and “explosive” are qualities the athlete had already before he or she was molded through endless training sessions; he/she had “talent.” Thus, both coaches and scientists know that it is not possible to turn a donkey into a racehorse by means of exercise and training. Hard work will, at the most, turn the donkey into a fast and explosive donkey!
And here’s what Al Vermeil, one of the most successful strength and
conditioning coaches of all time, had to say during an interview with
Athletes that are successful are good athletes. If they can’t
play the sport, they won’t succeed. They require good genetics and good
No strength coach makes an athlete. Their mom and dad made them!
If anything, genetically-gifted athletes have made up for the sins of a
Strength coaches are just doing their job like any other coach.
Don’t let your ego get in the way and never get too impressed with
Strength and conditioning is only one facet of why you win. You
need good owners, good coaches, good scouts… and good players will make
up the deficiencies in the other areas.
A strength and conditioning coach is only part of the process!