I always get a good chuckle when I am asked what are my favorite exercises and I answer I don’t have any. Why don’t I have any favorite exercises, really it is quite simple. I have a big toolbox of exercises accumulated over my years of coaching; I must know how to use each of those tools appropriately as demanded by the needs of the athlete and the sport and position. I have to be careful that I don’t go to my “favorite” because I like it but it may not fit the athlete or situation. I try to think about movements that would appropriate. I want to look at pulling, pushing, squat & squat derivatives, bending, hinging and bracing movements. Then I will begin to apply exercises that will fit the movements and address the need of the athlete. In other words I will put the horse before the cart to effectively train the athlete. Exercise should never drive the program, movements should, and exercises train movements.
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