Position and Performance Degradation


Proper (dynamic) Position produces a greater opportunity for increasing power, improving efficiency of movement and another huge advantage – a resiliency in response to increased demand.  In other words, an athlete’s ability (and the coach who can coach it) to maintain the integrity of a stable and supported position as intensity or demand increases will delay performance degradation and therefore produce a more desirable training outcome (physiologically).  Get that coaches?  If not, go do a few reps of something and digest that paragraph before reading on.

Maintaining position when fatigued or under training duress is a skill!  It requires more than having the physical skill. It requires having the mental acuity to concentrate and reinforce what proper position and movement is while under a tough set or a complex of movements. This mental piece is similar to maintaining position – it requires repetition.

Coach it. Tell athletes that they are going to get fatigued and crushed a bit during any given session (pending intent) and give them cues and support on how to cope.  What should they do?  

  1. Know their engines.  Know how to pace themselves on both rep speed and transition times.

  2. Breath (3-5 deep breaths) and identify a simple cue strategy (what do they need to focus on with the skill?).  An example would be to say bar path close, aggressive shrugon a clean.

  3. Move methodically (2-3 reps with clean movement is better than wrestling through 4-5 reps with poor form – that also takes a higher toll on the CNS and muscular system).