S&C Coaches – The risk of lifting

by | Sep 9, 2019 |

TL: DR – Lifting is not the issue, but fitting a technique to an end goal may be. 

Recently some more progressive S&C and Sports Performance coaches have started to use the latest research on motor learning to speed up the athlete’s ability to improve their lifts. 

When you delve into the research* you find that to improve a motor skill then the drills need to follow these rules – 

Drills to be performed on the edge of success  

Meaning that the technique will not look great during the learning phase, but the essential components of the skill will stay intact.  

The drill needs to test the skill by setting external goals 

Meaning that cueing movements by body part and muscle contraction slow down the progress of motor learning. Hands-on guidance has the same effect too. Positive short term changes can show using these techniques, but long term learning is compromised.

Repetitive drills will lead to specific carryover

Studies show that an initial exercise would cause a positive transfer to many tasks. When repeated, the training benefit will become specific over time and have less transfer. So using a squat for sprint speed will initially give you results, but eventually will make you better at just squatting. 

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*We share all the motor skill learning research in this course.