It’s a beautiful spring feeling day here in Phoenix and my Arizona throwers all kicked off their official season this past weekend with a BANG!
- Tyson Jones 64’11 ½” in the shot and 181’8” in the discus
- Dante Blisset 172’ 2 ½” and 48’3”
- Tim Fitzgerald 52’ & 140 ( Fouled multiple 150)
We had boys from all levels, ranging from 41′ to 65′ and girls from 24’ to 35’ in shot put and 65′ to 110′ in the discus throw.
My best female discus thrower will open this week!
The SoCal group had PRs across the board as well.
Like any year, I will have some superstars and some hardworking kids that will get better and better every week.
Since it’s Monday after a busy weekend of meets and coaching, it’s time to dive back in and review what adjustments my various plans need…
…and I wanted to ask you: “What does your throws training plan look like?”
Each year we get nearly 100% of our athletes to PR at the first meet of the season for a reason…
… it’s because that’s the plan, not just the want.
It’s designed to happen that way!
One of the things I discuss to our TCR® coaches is that I set up a 3 peak plan for the season.
I craft a plan for opening season PRs, mid-season big invite PRs, and championship season PRs.
For the superstars, they will go on a 4th peak cycle to hit big throws at Junior Nationals or overseas after USAs.
You may be asking, “How?”
The answer is simple. Programming. The programing is the plan.
I personally like to see my athletes hit the start of the year with big PRs because it sets the tone for the season.
It builds confidence, and then I can begin to train them through the early season meets that are not as big a deal.
This is all inside the TCR® system.
When I was at an invitational this past weekend to coach some of my kids, I saw a lot of solid athletes with no real plan or coaching.
That’s not a criticism, it’s an observation. Too many coaches are simply not prepared to teach the events.
And one thing I tend to notice is a lot of overdeveloped high school guys.
That’s the “meathead” lifting plan.
I also see a lot of girls with serious strength deficits (visual weaknesses). Both scenarios will mean a lot of potential is left on the table.
A well-designed lifting plan is a big part of a thrower’s success.
A solid program controls the outcome of the performance.
When throwers or coaches understand how to lay out the thrower’s plan, you begin to control the performance window.