I recently published a short video for Instagram, where I explained how many athletes make a mistake, spend too much time on exercises, and not enough for their real sport. In addition to this message, it is also important to remind athletes that they cannot perform every useful exercise that is available to them. In other words, do not spread yourself too thinly. Attempting to incorporate every useful movement in one program is a recipe for failure. In terms of additional exercise, less can be more.
Sports first, everything else
Before turning to the topic, I will first talk about the previously mentioned video. This is a minute, so listen quickly.
At first glance, it is reasonable to assume that an athlete cannot perform every exercise known to man. Unfortunately, common sense does not always apply to a person. Athletes, of course, are competitive, so it is unusual for them to look for new ways to improve. All that is required is a few minutes of searching the Internet to find an endless list of exercise options. Therefore, it is not difficult or unusual to find movements that may be useful. And what happened to an athlete who is looking for new or different ways to improve?
The search for knowledge is not a problem in itself. However, problems can arise since many athletes are already training at maximum power. An athlete who trains as the best does not allocate extra reserves in case he finds something new. The athlete is already pushing himself to max. To put pieces on top of a puzzle that is already filled does not add value. Successful additions often require subtraction. If you cannot deduct from your current workload, supplements should be made in small doses. Anything else that might interfere, not improve, the existing routine.
Athletes must recognize that there will always be useful exercises that do not make sense to perform at a particular point in time. To get home, it can be useful to associate an exercise selection with a study wardrobe. For example, you can have some nice shirts, but you can't wear them all at once. And certain clothes may not match each other. Your favorite pants may not match your favorite shirt. Thus, as much as you like both items, you will not carry them together.
In many ways, the same logic can be applied to exercises. Over the years, I have worked with virtually any imaginable learning tool and style. I worked with exercises on weight, free weights, odd objects, etc. There are qualitative movements that I performed with each. At the same time, I do not work with everything. I use surplus information to provide options in the future when necessary. If I included every useful exercise I ever performed in a routine, I would launch myself into the ground.
Athletes should remember that their main duty is to improve their sport. The best way to improve your sport is to practice it. And often times, sports practice is quite demanding. Speaking as a boxing coach, the boxing training that my fighters perform is more demanding than anything we do. I do not train them to become masters of exercises. I train them to become the best fighters.
In conclusion, athletes must recognize that there will always be useful exercises that do not make sense to perform. Adding intensive workloads in addition to intensive practice schedules can be counterproductive. The athlete will require significant work capacity to handle this volume. And the creation of such performance does not happen in a few weeks or months. It may take years. So, if you want to add something new, make sure the transition is gradual. Do not make the body take more work than it can handle.
Less can be more, and slow and steady often wins the race.
“You can make a room very luxurious by removing the furniture, rather than putting it in.” – Francis Jourdain