A Year of New Ideas by max el-hag

A Year of New Ideas

Three weeks of traveling has made me weary. Trying to keep up with the reading, the business planning, the programming, the writing, the brainstorming etc has become overwhelming. To date, I have sat down to write the blog on 15 different occasions over the past four days and started it only to find myself 2 pages into something I inevitably decided would be better used for toilet paper than reading material. The struggle of being a business owner is sometimes not one I really want. I am passionate about learning and coaching but not necessarily the ‘obligations’ that I have to fulfill as the leader of the organization. The situation is similar to how I feel about my dogs. I love them more than most things in my life, but sometimes when they shit on the carpet in the middle of the night I wish I never had them so I could just sleep. Once the mess is cleaned and the sleep is caught up, I’m reminded how nice it is to have something that truly unconditionally loves you. I love my business and I think that the future looks bright and is going to open up to allow me to do even more of the things I love to do with regards to learning, but at the moment, the volume of work I have to do feels like those tough dog nights. I’m not even sure if that metaphor made sense. Actually I’m not ever sure that anything I say makes sense and I’m pretty sure I am insane, but I can always blame it on being tired. Anyway, as I was trying to come up with ideas for blogs the concepts were fuzzy, so instead of actually trying to definitively define them, I felt it was better to just list what I am looking to figure out over the course of the next year. So, this blog will be an unfiltered look at SOME of the concepts I will be exploring over the course of the next year at the Georgia TTT HQ facility, and what I’m looking to accomplish in coaching.

Skill learning. In remote training structures without 1-on-1 work, one of the primary difficulties is facilitating the learning of new skills. Many coaches do personal training to address this, or host camps, or attempt remote video analysis. But, I’ve found that these still leave a learning curve that is far too slow relative to what I think is possible. In our new facility we are going to create self monitored video analysis protocols to test, and see if we can actually produce distance based skill development protocols that allow people to learn skills faster on their own. Instead of watching people learn a skill over the course of a year, it would be nice to give a specific protocol and way to implement it that allowed them to learn the skill up to a requisite level of competency quickly and efficiently so that their training could be upgraded.

Game Day Recovery protocols. After going to regionals in three different locations, I was shocked to see so many athletes that were still so extremely undisciplined. Their warm ups, cool downs, fueling, body-work, etc was not dialed in at all. Some people were unable to recover from the load of the week and therefore got crushed on day three, and likely as a result of this, the more prepared athletes seemed to have lasted the course of the weekend. Kyle and I have decided to formalize this process for all TTT athletes to allow them a starting point to test out and improve their methods. This is a huge area of improvement for people and will become a larger and larger separator for people as the sports testing demands become more challenging.

Increased speed/force development. So many people do their ‘power’ training with the Olympic lifts. After seeing so many athletes run, jump, and sprint though it’s clear that through technique, repeated exposure and high squat numbers you can have high weightlifting numbers even with low speed capabilities. Speed of contraction is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the sport. For example, the difference between winners and losers in Randy was primarily based on how fast someone could do extreme snatches, it was much less of an ‘engine limitation.’ Similarly the difference (at least for the men) in workout #7 was primarily due to how fast someone was able to concentrically drive up the squats at the various weights and jump over the barbell to the next weight. As the demands for power WITH a huge aerobic engine increase, the proper application of depth jumps, load selection in strength work, plyos, tendo unit analysis (or any accelerometer), etc are going to be game changers for the elite. In Georgia we will be doing research on what is the most effective way to train and lay this out in a design while also minimizing injury risk and not conflicting with other training stimuli.

Subjective reporting. Kyle’s father is a software developer who TTT is partnering with to create an app which will measure subjective reporting. We have noticed so many people who stop improving at training simply because they are either uneducated or self abusive with their volume/intensity. Over time we feel we can teach people to be more self aware and have an idea of their own stress, sleep pattern disturbances, appetite changes, etc that will drive recommendations on how one should train for that day. This is something that can be easily done in a person with a perceptive coach, but is much more difficult to do from a distance. This is why many people with remote coaches who do not pay attention to results end up completely beat down (often injured) and do not progress. Over time we are going to launch this on the blog as well as integrate it into protocols for all of our TTT athletes.

Continued physiological testing. Kyle and I have been creating tests that we are going to begin to experiment with to give us accurate protocols for energy system development and mixed modal testing prescriptions. We will likely be launching camps that allow people to come out with small groups to utilize these tests and gain insight into their bodies so they can upgrade their training and progress faster to further levels of their genetic potential.

We have many more ideas and plan to give all of it back to our athletes and coaches who follow us, but I figured five was a good enough number to give a small glimpse into the future of TTT. We are beyond excited for the upcoming training year and the growth of our brand, and grateful for everyone who follows us. Keep in touch, and look forward to these things being communicated and released over the next couple months when the new website launches!

~ Max

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