It is common to hear coaches say we need to fit the plan to the athlete, rather than the athlete to the plan. But how exactly do we do that? On this week’s podcast we focus on individualization, when coaches need to start doing it, what should be individualized, and different ways to put the concept into practice. Plus, Nick and Martin start off the episodes with an analysis of the state of American throwing.
Notes and quotes
Individualization is a more complex concept than initially meets the eye. Since every athlete is different, it is not the easy to decide what to individualize and how to individualize it. We share our experiences with the topic, and focus on how to introduce individualization to younger athletes. However, before we get to that topic we look back at last week’s US championships and analyze in depth the state of American throwing and each event.
The state of American throwing
- 3:45 – The state of the hammer throw “There’s something we’re doing in the women’s hammer that we’re not doing in the men’s hammer. “
- 13:30 – The state of the shot put: “Even on a bad day, American shot putters are among the best in the world. “
- 20:30 – The state of the discus.
- 23:30 – The state of the javelin.
- 27:00 – The concept of individualization: “There are different levels of individualization. It’s not that a program is simply individualized or not. “
- 29:00 – Introducing the first elements of individualization and examples.
- 32:00 – Time as a training variable for individualization: “Unless you are getting a sign that it clearly is not working, you might not need to individualize all the variables. Save some tools for later development. “
- 35:00 – Moving from foundational athletic development to sport-specific athletic development: “We start to individualize based on the needs of the sport after the foundational and basic strength phases. “
- 38:00 – Individualization and team sports.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- The site theme in July is individualization, with new content coming from some of the best coaches around. Join HMMR Plus so you don’t miss all the content on this topic, as well as past episodes of the podcast, our deep article archives, video library, and more.
- Results from the recent US Championships are available on the USATF webpage. You can watch video of DeAnna Price’s American Record, and also read an interview with her coach JC Lambert.
- Last month Craig Pickering wrote about the value of letting the athletes choose, one approach to individualization. This also helps build buy in, a topic we discussed on Episode 101.
- We took several quotes from last week’s episode with Chris McCormick on the topic.
- Time is an untapped training variable, something I wrote about last year and is central to Bondarchuk’s approach to individualization. You can learn more about Bondarchuk in Video Lesson 1: The Basics of Bondarchuk.