Training and Conditioning For Sport – Jim Wendler

Training and Conditioning For Sport


1. By far the most important thing is to understand that you are training for a bigger purpose than to just "train" or "get strong" or whatever. You are training for something you would die for, something you would do anything for. So once you do this, the only thing that matters is being better at your sport. So bumps in the road, for your bench press, don't really matter. Because you are training for something but bigger than a stupid number. 2. Training isn't just for your benefit, but for your teammates. 3. Be patient - I learned this during my sophomore year. I couldn't get over a hump with my clean. And I kept at it. And at it. And nothing. And I was getting so frustrated. Finally, one day, I set a huge PR and realized it was the constant work, the non-glorious work, that led to this. So I never go upset again about plateaus as they were just setting me up to a big PR. Just have to keep working. 4. There are a lot of times you won't increase anything (as I said above) - and you'll get frustrated. Losers bitch. Winners push. I can't emphasize this enough about how weak most people are in regards to training and pushing themselves. And I don't mean "pushing hard for one workout" - but pushing and pushing for years and years and years: never missing workouts, going Kaizer Soze, putting one foot after another when it's not sexy or on YouTube. 5. You get to a certain point when you are training for a sport where the work builds up and builds up (this can take a decade or more) where running and running and lifting and running some more isn't a huge deal. And you just kind of exist - like a weird zen state of the world. People miss this idea of the sum total of all this years of work and how important it is. And another reason why kids need to train in-season and play 3 sports. 6. Once you get to a certain point of strength, and this is individual, you don't need to spend too much time on getting stronger. This is not the case for everyone but it was for me. You still lift but the time it takes to increase a 600 pound squat to 700 isn't worth your time (for example). Being strong is great but if you can't outperform people and work forever, you are worthless. Taking time off of conditioning is a bad idea, especially if you were a runt like me. Remember, the All Americans can get away with more because they earned it by their play on the field. The Scrubs don't get that advantage. Because that is the reality of life. 7. Be careful who you listen to - I've yet to read any online "coach" who really had a grasp on training/conditioning as it is done for field athletes or at least what was done by us. There is a lot of conjecture but let me assure you that pushing the Prowler for 10 minutes is not going to cut it. It's like Crossfit people who think they are Navy Seals or UFC fighters because they dropped some sweat. Idiots. Calling themselves "WARRIORS!" or whatever.  The harsh reality is that getting in OK shape, or what most people would like to be in, is such a far cry about how good of shape it takes to play most field sports (or things such as basketball or MMA). So if you get weaker when you jog a mile a day or push the Prowler - you are simply really out of shape and have no capacity to work.  Now if you are one of these people, take your time and build your capacity slowly. Too many people get all excited about conditioning and ram themselves into the ground and suffer from "New Years Resolution Commitment"; one week and done. The most important thing to remember is that it's not about getting strong, it's about getting better. If you embrace this, good things happen because it no longer becomes a goal but a journey.  

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