(1) “From Scratch” // A Child
(2) “Low Mileage” // A Teen Athlete
(3) “Top Speed” // Mid-Competitive Career
“From Scratch” | A Child
Priority: Raising up a little human with the values and belief systems that your family holds with the most importance.
This is primarily through observation and mirroring, and less through “teaching”
Overall, a more mature, centered, consistent adult will raise a child with the same qualities.
Part 1: Being a role model in the true sense of the word.
Part 2: Spending quality time with them and having fun, including challenges.
“Low Mileage” | A Teen Athlete
Pick a small number of sports, selected by the teen, who can work on developing ownership of their abilities and do so in a cyclical / seasonal nature throughout the year.
Let the kid make the decisions with the parent just being guardrails.
Athletically, ensure their under the guidance of adults who know what they are doing, but then let the teen take ownership for it.
If possible, I would recommend the same thing for S&C or CrossFit.
Primary focus on developing the…
(i) Fundamental Movement Patterns: Push, Pull, Squat, Hinge, Run, Core
(ii) Skills: Olympic Lifts, Gymnastic Fundamentals
(iii) Conditioning: Bodyweight & Cyclical Conditioning Work, Capacity-Based Sport Participation
• Bias Eccentrics & Isometrics: Minimal Wear & Tear, Maximal Motor Control
• Learning > Training: Always Form-Focused, “Drilling” vs. Testing
“Top Speed” | Mid-Competitive Career
This is a person who has invested many years into their performance and is taking their fitness more seriously, yet things have reached a point where they have begun to plateau.
Enlist outside help to help find the low-hanging fruit.
Where is your blind spot? …you don’t know.
The low hanging fruit might be…
• doing less MetCons so you can finally have competitive strength levels
• doing tailored progressions to develop the proficiency in high-level gymnastics in CrossFit
• committing to doing more double session days: splitting 3 hr block into 2 90min sessions.
• planning out your competitive season to include times of intensification and other times of building volume
The point is you don’t know …cuz it’s in your blind spot.
So get someone in your corner who can be objective with you.