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Training with Purpose: Deep Love or Cheap Lust?
Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, recently got married, and generally am getting to the age whenpeople start to “settledown.” People who are perceived as older and wiser always talk about thinkingahead and looking at the bigger picture as opposed to living in the moment. This is opposed to those who areyoung, usually have tunnel vision, and can’t look past the small time frame or distance right in front of them.This is easy to observe in everyday life. I currently work with highschoolstudents and have experience withcollege students and it’s easy to see that they don’t think past the next weekend. Even in those who are older,such as young professionals, this is also true.The purpose of this article is to take this ability to see the big picture versus having tunnel vision and relate itto three different areas—lifting, coaching, and athletics.
Story behind the title…
The idea for both the title and the article came to me the other day while listening to music in mycar . I have apretty diverse taste in music that involves some of the typical stuff you may expect such as metal, rap (thegood kind that is pretty much dead, not the popular shit of about the past 10–15 years), and hardcore, but Ialso like classical, world music, and lots of other things that would get this too far off track. I was listening to asong by the rapper Cormega that had the line “Who you ridin’ with? Them or us?Deep love or cheap lust?”This particular quote made me think about what that means. On the surface, most would equate it with thedifference between a long-term relationship/marriage and banging some real “catch” who was probably in adrunken stupor when met in a bar parking lot after closing time. Those who can’t see the big picture go withoption B and don’t have any consequences for their actions. They aren’t going to catch any shit because theydon’t have any real commitment to anything. Contrast this with someone who is already involved with option Agoing out and thinking that he can choose to partake in option B. Anyone involved with someone with anyamount of self-respect can expect to get his ass dumped, divorced, or worse.You might be wondering where this is going. This does have a point so bear with me for a second. In any typeof training that is goal-oriented, there is always a bigger picture. You should always keep the bigger picture inmind to keep from getting sidetracked and possibly fucking up the end goal. Next, let’s look at this from theperspective of the lifter, coach, and athlete.
In reference to the lifter…
This analogy canapplyto a lifter depending on a few factors. The love (i.e. commitment) should always be themeet. Everything that is done should be for the purpose of performing on meet day, and training should befocused on improving the results on the platform. However, there are some lifters who live in the momentduring every training session and can’t understand how to leave some in the tank at the right time. In this case,the training becomes the lust. For some, this is because they train too heavy or can’t get over the whole “Ineed to feel weight before the meet” mentality. You can’t argue with the fact that heavy weights make youstrong, but there’s a problem if you’re constantly running yourself into the ground and everything is a grind.
Often times, you might hear a lifter say, “I don’t get it. I got this weight in the gym a few weeks ago.” Heprobably shot his load on it and then was gassed going into the meet. As far as the whole “needing to feel it”thing, this could be individual, but let’s be honest here. Any weight that is truly going to be a max will most likelyfeel heavy. Imagine that.Training can also become lust if you’re competing too much with others in the gym instead of saving it for themeet. It doesn’t do you any good to be the strongest guy in the gym in some cock-off that your buddy createdif it doesn’t help you when meet time arrives. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t compete with others becausecompetition is useful on important exercises. However, don’t be the idiot tapping yourself out one week from ameet in a single leg, 6/3/X tempo, lateral raise to failure that your boys came up with.
Training can also become lust if you push yourself harder in other lifts when your primary work for the daydidn’t go so well. I’ve fallen into this trap many times when the movement that should be what I’m most focusedon feels off. Rather than take a realistic look at my recovery to see if I need to just shut it down, I would domore volume in other movements to “make up” for my poor performance. If recovery is truly limited, this won’thelp anything.
In reference to the coach…
In the realm of coaching, the love versus lust continuum comes into play just like in lifting. It can vary dependingon whether the coach only handles physical preparation or is a sport coach. However, in both realms, whatalways will matter most is what happens on game day or in competition. Head coaches aren’t getting firedbecause of squat maxes, points aren’t added to scores based on how clean a practice drill looks the week of the game, and championships aren’t solely dependent on sprint times.For coaches who only handle physical preparation, this “lust” usually occurs in the weight room. Thecommitment to general weight room exercises such as the squat, bench, clean, or anything else is oneparticular love affair that in reality is just lust. While it’s important to have a measuring stick for generalstrength, the commitment shouldn’t be to making your athletes the best in these respective movements. Noone is receiving a national championship because they averaged the biggest squats or cleans in the country. Another problem is doing everything to make an athlete better at the general lift without thinking about the bigpicture. If most of your time is dedicated to having athletes perform movements with limited power outputbecause they are so inefficient at the movement, what is the point? I know the Olympic lifts are usually thesacrificial lamb for this argument, but all lifts can be equally responsible.It’s important to consider whether or not certain movements are contraindicated for the particular athlete or hissport. What good does it do to have a quarterback bench pressing at any excessive volume or intensity if it willfuck up his throwing? It’s also important to consider how much time it’s taking to test these general measures.While it’s good for the coach to test so that he knows whether or not his program is working and whether or not the athlete is staying motivated, testing can take away from the training of the athletes to get them better at their actual sport. Furthermore, some coaches keep pushing the weight during these tests. It’s importantthat you don’t live in the moment as the coach or let the athlete live in the moment because if an injury were tooccur, you might be scanning the classifieds in the near future.For sport coaches, it’s important to always remember the big picture—what will happen on game day. Manytimes coaches are unhappy with a particular drill, so they perform it over and over repeatedly, which may takeaway from more important aspects of the game. We had a coach who worked on our staff a few years ago.His particular lust was for ball drills that involved him whipping a football at his receivers at point blank rangewhile screaming insults at them. Of course, he taught them nothing about running routes and blocking or whatthey needed to do in the offense. Low and behold, they couldn’t actually do anything worthwhile, and his balldrills were so different from the game, the athletes couldn’t catch for shit either. Another example is when coaches have a particular style of play in their heads but don’t have the players to doit. For instance, in football, an offensive coordinator might want to run an option-based offense, but he onlyhas drop back quarterbacks. Or in basketball, a coach may want to run a full-court press but doesn’t have theplayers to do it. Coaches need to adapt the plan to the team for better game day results, not the other wayaround. While high-level coaches don’t necessarily deal with this, there are more limitations at the fundamentallevels such as high school athletics.Finally, lust occurs when the sport coach leaves the starters in when a game is out of reach. If a team is up bya substantial margin, there isn’t any reason to leave starters in to keep running up the score. Instead, theathletes should be resting for more important competitions in the future.

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