Variation is a core training concept, but we tend to think of it as a way to avoid accommodation. What if it is more? What if it is a tool to drive you forward? Few coaches think about how to use change strategically over the long-term and on this week’s episode we take an in depth look at some concepts related to change with our guest and good friend Derek Evely.
Derek Evely is one of the top minds in the coaching world and is always seeking out to learn the latest methods and method makers. One topic he finds interesting is how change can stimulate progress. No matter the method, elite athletes often see a boost when they change coaches. If we can harness this power, it could add tremendous value to performance.Change needs to be thought of as a tool. It can be used to help or hurt. Click To Tweet It's as much about change as what your are doing. Change can be a training stimulus. @eveltrak Click To Tweet Don't get attached to your training. Changing doesn't mean that what you did before was wrong. Click To Tweet
How you change things is still important though. Even when athletes see an initial surge in results from the new method, that is often followed by a regression. Therefore change needs to be planned.There is a big difference between chaotic unregulated change and planned change. @eveltrak Click To Tweet Change means doing something new, but it still needs to transfer. Don't venture too far away. Click To Tweet
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Learn more about variation and other planning topics at our upcoming seminar in London on May 20 with John Kiely and myself. We will discuss topics like periodization, performance, planning, and more in detail, including real world examples of smart planning in practice. Register early at a discount.
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- Derek occasionally contributes to HMMR Media. You can view his blog here and read his biography here. Currently is working on coached education material for Altis and will be presenting a clinic at the Vernon Hammer Classic in British Columbia next month.
- Derek was also our first guest on the podcast back on Episode 3, where we talked about polarized training methods.
- Bondarchuk is one of the few coaches that has written and discussed the topic of long-term strategic change. You can read about his approach in his book Champion School: A Year-to-Year Model for Developing Athletes as well as our review of the book.
- To learn about Bondarchuk’s approach in even more detail, become a HMMR Plus member and checkout out our detailed webinar on the topic.
- Nick’s attributes his willingness to change and try new methods to the book Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company. You can read his thoughts on the book here.
- We also discussed world champion John Godina’s career path. Now the CEO of Altis, Godina was a guest on the podcast back on Episode 46.