This Is Just Like, My Opinion, Man


A few weeks ago are article was published in the NY Times about the benefits of staying active (See Here).  It cited several studies but what stood out to me the most was the roughly “$2,500 that each of us could save annually on medical costs related to heart disease if we walked for 30 minutes most days.”  I can remember Michael Boyle saying years ago that you can spend the money one of two ways;  either hire a coach for your training and eat some quality food or end up spending that money on hospital care, doctors bills, and other health related ailments that may plague one later on due to a life of inactivity.

Recently in the news was a story about the University of Oregon football team and a few of it’s players ending up in the hospital after some so-called “workouts”. (Story Here).  If I may, allow me stand atop my soap box but for a brief moment.  I believe the word that best defines this story is negligence.  Never, ever, ever should a training session send anyone to the hospital with condition known as rhabdomyolysis.  This applies to an out of shape Average Jane/Joe as well as a high level athlete.  The players had been off for six weeks. Were some of them out of shape and potentially lazy during this time?  Perhaps. However, I don’t think physical punishment is the answer.  #1 These young men are under someone’s care while they are away from home.  Training should be progressive and with 100+ players there’s going to be some differences.  Not everyone can train to the same level.  #2 If this is a problem I would sit the athlete out and punish him by not allowing him to participate in the activities.  Put the 2nd string kid in there and make the other guy earn his way back for showing that it wasn’t important enough to him during the 6 weeks to stay in some sort of good shape.  #3 Let’s not forget it’s January. The first game is in about 8 months.  Attempting to crush these kids with military type workouts is stupid in so many ways.  Finally, it’s hard to know who to blame exactly.  Does it lie solely on the strength coach? Perhaps the new coach, knowing that the team performed so poorly last year wanted to prove to these boys that he meant business and ordered certain things to be done.  The real answer is that this is a team.  A team of players coached by a large staff of coaches, some of which get paid quite a bit by U of Nike Oregon to win games, I it get, but maybe, just maybe, take care of them and try to make them better humans.  This situation is completely unacceptable when working with professionals as they would now be unable to perform the job they are being paid to do, and it makes no more sense to physically abuse some kids in this manner thinking that they will then become mentally stronger and able to play the game of football better as a result.


I came across this article today, entiitled “Body-Part Splits Are Dead”.  Some of you might be thinking, “What the hell does that mean?”, while others maybe be saying to “What are you talking about?  That’s how everyone lifts bro.”  If you know how about how we train at Ambition Athletics, it’s pretty much full body training every time you come in the door.  We are focused on specific movement patterns and not muscles.  Monday is not the day we train chest and tris followed by Tuesday is back and bis.  I think the article lays it out quite nicely that for 99% of the people around you a training split is an inefficient waste of time. Full body movements, consistent practice, efficiency in both movement and time, as well as overall skill acquisition are the focus of the way you should be training while body part splits are slowly becoming a archaic (although not fast enough).

– Mike Baltren