So specificity comes up a lot.
Everybody’s trying out program’s that look like the sport e.g tennis players are doing weighted tennis stuff, boxers are doing band work and punches on the land mine thing.
And it has its place, don’t get me wrong. That said, I’ve just finished a six-week block with a UFC fighter and all we’ve done is really good solid strength training with half a dozen exercises in each session and he’s got a lot stronger. Specificity is key though.
What I want to talk about here though is not specificity, it’s what I call synergistic training.
If you look at basketballers for example, they are going to be jumping up and down all the time, they need to be landing well and need to use one foot well and then land on the other foot, and hops and bounds and power and all that cool stuff. But if you start putting that into their programs when they’ve got games all the time heavy game schedules, all you’ll do is injure these guys.
Here’s (another) MMA example. If all the MMA fighters are doing in their Technical Training is sparring, wrestling training, drill work. they’re going to get a lot of use of the upper body. They’re going to get a a nice aerobic challenge from that. and so we don’t want to just go and blast them with the same stuff in our S&C programs. It needs to be synergistic.
Same with something like tennis, you know, how often do the coaches say to me now, they need to be better in the lateral side. If we drill them on the tennis court there is a compromise to be had and the S&C coach can get on the court. But we need to look at that program as being synergistic if they’re doing lots of that on the tennis court.
We don’t want to be killing them with lateral lunges for example in their S&C program. So yes understand the needs of the sport. Yes make it specific but make it synergistic!
Otherwise, your athletes will be injured and burnt out.