Sling training is one of the most under rated topics in the world of speed. Without proper sling training the body loses its natural gait which is essential is sprinting as well as walking. In this video I briefly introduce the concept of the anterior and posterior oblique sling. Learn more about slng training.
Talking theory is great and citing research is very important, but in the end, I think nothing tells more about what a coach/athlete actually believes in than the programs he or she creates. After looking at program after program and workout after workout there is something that really astounds me. The fact most athletes aren’t as nearly functional or mobile as their coaches believe!
What do I mean? Many coaches like to brag that their programs are incredibly functional because they squat, they deadlift, they press, and they pull-up. Heck, some even throw in a bit of running, crawling, and handstands. But that still keeps us from really understanding many important aspects of functional movement.
We are definitely better as an industry than we use to be. Instead of seeing purely muscles in isolation, we now reognize more integrated movement patterns that show how we actually create movement. The inter-muscular coordination (how muscles work together to create a movement) that improves with more functionally based movements is what most good coaches believe creates better development in all around performance. Yet, we are still missing a great deal of what actually is needed to truly hit the mark, allowing for athletes to reach their fullest potential.
While the K.I.S.S. method (keep it simple stupid) is a good theory for introductory strength training, sticking to this method when it comes to complex conditioning of the body required for it to adapt to the highest levels of athleticism is doesn't make the cut. Most coaches see movement patterns in the following manner: