ABOUT JAMIE FARRELL
In my opinion, an effective training philosophy should never be definitive, rather a constantly evolving theory of practice.
A philosophy should form the foundation of a trainers system, with the coach continually seeking information to develop its structures and refine its foundations. This progressive method of thinking allows the trainer to develop an infrastructure of values, which is guided by the advancements of modern research, the accumulation of information from peers and also has influence from their own applications.
Once a trainer creates these foundations, a responsible coach should never directly impose their own beliefs or biases upon a client. Rather, responsibly express there system upon a student, assisting the learner towards their own goals and ultimately the discovery of their own epistemology, creating sustainable change for the person.
My current core values of training, initially revolve around the identification of demographics based upon their prioritisation of performance and/or the optimisation of health markers. This information must be diagnosed with a needs analysis. Within this review of the client, the trainer should identify the physical, psychological, physiological and metabolic interventions they must implement in order to successfully train the athlete/client. Furthermore, appropriate testing measures should be carried out to identify the efficiency of any exercise prescription and also monitor progression towards set goals. Additionally, each demographic will require the implementation of remedial based exercise, that addresses imbalances, optimises a specific movement or enhances a particular attribute.
From my understanding, the optimisation of health markers in the general population or those not focused on athletic performance, fundamental human movements such as squats, hinges, pushes, pulls and relevantly selected dynamic life tasks should provide the base focus within a programme. Optimisation of these moments should allow the public to carry out regular tasks effortlessly, subsequently improving their quality of life. Also, appropriate levels of cardiovascular fitness should be prescribed, due to their link with reduction in prevalent diseases and illness.
For athletic performance, there are proven methods that can enhance speed, increase strength and optimise certain markers that are vital/relevant to the sport/athlete. This is achieved, by the manipulation of training variables and the use of comprehensive analysis systems, that intricately assess and dictate the biomechanics, metabolic conditioning and lifting metrics of an athlete’s programme. Due to the rigorous demands required for efficient athletic performance, more standardised methods of measure must be adhered to for those in competitive sports. Standards in athletic training can be applied to proven training systems such as the Olympic lifts, plyometrics and various squats. In order to support the high level of conditioning an athlete must implement, remedial exercise should be completed regularly to prevent or address injuries and imbalances.
Correct training prescription can be indispensable to demographics of all abilities and if trainers understand their boundaries and aim to work cohesively with other professionals, the benefits can be invaluable for quality of life and athletic performance. This creates a purified environment in which the client/athlete/student can flourish, creating a timeless methodology, which can never need to be disregarded.