The 4 Laws of Training Part #1

I have been in the business of training people to become better runners for close to 20 years now. I have had the chance to meet hundreds of trainers who were all specialists in one aspect or another regarding the different running styles. Many of them had great techniques that they used and I learned more drills than I can possibly keep track of. I recognized early on that many trainers relied heavily on these drills and regardless of the athlete they were working with, they used the exact same drills over session after session. There was a belief that it was the drills that were making the athletes better and in many cases this was true. I also noticed however that athletes were quickly dismissed as weak or slow or simply not gifted if the drills did not work.

This is when I started to realize that maybe it was not the athletes fault but rather that they had a muscular system that responded differently to the stimulus or training that the trainer was using. Perhaps it was not all about the drills but rather the specific needs of the body you were working with that should determine the drills and techniques you used. From there I met a trainer who used a great tool called body typing that enabled him to understand how different muscular systems might respond to various types of demands such as strength training and speed training. He categorized people based on various styles of muscular systems and this allowed him to give each individual the right type of training for their muscular systems to respond with maximum results.

I adopted a similar style of my own for understanding how people’s muscular systems would respond to the type of training we were doing. The other component that I felt many trainers struggled with was that they lacked a reliable system for training. There are some tremendous training systems out there. Velocity Sports uses some advanced training techniques that are able to provide some good results just to name one. However I feel all training systems miss the mark on what is the most important aspect of all. Your choices for exercises must be based solely on the body you are working with, not the exercises you feel are the “best” exercise for speed, or strength, or whatever else you are training for.

Through years of research and trial and error with an emphasis on error, I came up with 4 consistent laws regarding the human body that I feel are the cornerstone for our training system. I will cover each of these laws with you in upcoming posts in this category so you have an understanding of how we approach our training and how we feel it is the key to maximizing your results.

Scott Olson

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  1. Running Injuries: Preventable! | RunWithPower wrote:

    […] a consistent enough basis though, it will become weaker and lose its functional ability. These are Laws #1 and #2. Now, if a muscle loses its functional ability, then the position of the bones or joints it […]

    January 26th, 2010 at 11:35 am


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