The one word that changes everything – ‘WHY’
If you want maximum gains, if you want to be the best you can be, if you want to know a little secret – Keep reading.
We learnt years ago that doing fancy exercises and training really hard didn’t always get the best results, unless you know why you are doing them.
Training effectively always comes down to purpose. Knowing - Why am I doing this training block, why am I doing this exercise, why do this amount of reps etc. What is the purpose of your training regime, your exercises and the variables around them?
These are the questions you need to ask yourself all the time. It is especially important for coaches and trainers to know the “why” in what they do.
I trained Lleyton Hewitt for 8 preseasons in a row and although Lleyton was never the guy to ask, “why are we doing this” or “why has this changed”. We would speak about the benefits of the training phase we would be moving into, this clarified our purpose and why we needed to do it.
His passion and hunger drove me to ask myself the questions. I love it when players we are training ask us questions and query what we are doing, it means they are invested, eager to learn and improve.
Our first role is to educate, that is where the power is. It opens up doors for athletes to understand themselves, why they are doing certain things and gives them knowledge that will have long lasting impacts on them physically and mentally.
Just recently, we started working on a new program it launches next week. For us it is a culmination of a growth curve and the realisation, we still have so much passion to learn and help players.
So, when we put this program together, we had loads of new exercises. Our culling process was simple. When we went through and asked “why use that exercise” – Is it going to fulfil the purpose of the program, is it needed, is it effective etc. It made the process easy.
In the end we came up with some great drills and a training structure we have never used before, in fact we don’t think anyone has. It also left us with lots of exercises we can use in the future.
Below are three of the drills we have included in our New Tennis Speed, Agility and Power Program. So, you can see the mindset and structure around how we utilise and come up with new drills, we have added in some brief information on “Why” we have used them.
For your reference, the program we are launching is a combination of – Court speed exercises, footspeed, agility drills and specific power exercises. All areas are covered in each session. We believe these are the areas that most players need guidance and a boost in.
We decided to combine 4 areas into one session, WHY? Most players find it challenging to get their extra off court sessions in on a weekly basis, so we have created this program to cover the most important aspects of specific court play. We also took into consideration the fact that this day and age, people (especially the younger generations) are wanting higher intensity and quicker results. We believe this 6-week program delivers on all fronts.
Next time you are putting together your training sessions or practice sessions, ask yourself, the all-important question – WHY, why am I going to do these exercises? why am I going to do them for this long? why am I going to work on my serve more than ground strokes? etc etc. When you answer the WHY effectively it will help set your plan and give you clarity on what you are doing.
We understand you will not have all the answers, no one does. What you will find is that you learn to ask questions and find the right people to help answer your Why’s.
If you are wanting to improve your first step acceleration, groundstroke/serve power and feel lighter on court, then try our new
SPEED, AGILITY and POWER PROGRAM that we have launched this week.
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