Why Hard-Charging Athletes Need to Stop and Just Breathe


Fellow coaches: What I’m about to write about is going to be hard for some of you to hear. Listen, I get it, we are the quintessential tough guys and gals within our businesses. For me, and many of you, I have to be the pillar of toughness because I work at a university. The soft, delicate stuff is for the athletic trainers and academic advisors. We strength coaches need shaved heads, full beards, and a glimmer of crazy in our eyes. We can never be caught with our guard down or give the kids and other coaches the feeling that we have we have softened. The soft stuff is for other people.


But what most of us don’t understand is there are missing elements in our athlete’s recovery that must be addressed with the same kind of rigor that we put into hard-driving training. Recovery is not just sleep or the types of foods you put into your mouth. It goes considerably beyond that. What I am about to propose to you all is something that is deeply imbedded in science, though a little harder to find. And it’s going to sound a whole lot like the soft stuff.

Chris Holder comes to Breaking Muscle with over thirty years as an athlete and coach. A football player first and then spending his entire professional coaching career at the college level, Holder has been in love with everything weight lifting since he was a little boy. Holder has an incredibly diversified training background that brings a unique product to his athletes. Known in many circles as a pioneer of kettlebell training at the college level, Chris opened the door in the early 2000s to...Read more