Become the Visionary: Balance Your Athlete's Performance

Bob Takano
Olympic Weightlifting

This article is about a human foible that intrudes into athletic development all too often and is the responsibility of the coach to deal with. I’m talking about the tendency of humans to over-rely on their default strengths - in other words, to lean too heavily on what has worked in the past.


Some individuals want to solve athletic problems with strength, others with speed, and others with mobility. In some instances, one particular strength may be so highly praised that the athlete fails to see the need to develop in other areas.


Balanced development is the job of the coach.


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