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Starting over…

glennpendlay —  June 23, 2010 — 5 Comments

Pan-Ams and Junior Worlds have now come and gone, and a new training cycle is beginning.  Donny will be training for worlds, Jon and Caleb for the American Open.    We all need to get better at what we do.  I feel like I learned a thing or two  at both meets.  Much of it was either common sense stuff or just reminded and reinforced things I had already been exposed to, some of it was new info.  I bought a nice new leather bound journal which fit nicely in the pocket of my cargo shorts in preparation for the competitions, filled it completely with my difficult to decipher scribbling during my 23 days abroad over the two trips.  12 in Guatemala and 11 in Bulgaria.  At both competitions, I made every effort to talk to coaches of countries that seem to be doing better than us.  I was particularly successful in Bulgaria, spending literally a total of 6-8 hours with a very nice Russian coach named Ruslev Khomenko.  I feel like I formed a friendship with this nice young man, and we made plans to keep in touch.  I am hoping that I can convince him to participate on this blog in the future.  We worked up training plans, I was able to get his, he critiqued mine, we watched youtube videos together, dicussed technique, etc.  He is defending his dissertation this summer to complete his PhD, his dissertation concerns the effectiveness of individualizing the general national team training plan to deal with individual weaknesses.  His data says that individualization is not always successful, but thats another post.  I also spent quality time with the Japanese coaching squad, the head coach of the Korean team, the Turkish coach, one of the Polish coaches, as well as others.  I also got the training plans from a variety of athletes, all of whom were very candid with me on every subject I asked about.  I will be posting some of the specifics at a later date.

For now, I will stick to what is in the future for the athletes at California Strength.  I decided this before I got home from Pan-Ams, fortunately everything was simply reinforced at Junior Worlds.  We will increase the volume, warm up more completely, and pay more attention to diet.  We will also be messing around with some different strategies with squats.  In general, we cannot compete with professionals if we do not act like professionals.  There are a number of ways that we need to change to do this.  I am determined to do anything necessary and everything possible to compete with the best in the world.  I believe I am better prepared to advise and coach athletes to accomplish this now than I was a month ago.