Adaptation – Speed and Strength

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My previous post on adaptation as about getting the technical moving parts going in the right directions.  Now we have to consider the nervous system for speed and the muscular system for strength.

Einstein is quoted as saying “Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

I have a friend who trolls the ‘net’ for advanced techniques and wants to know how to train for a ‘new’ energy system.  I had years of that at Uni on glycolitic pathways and Crebb’s cycles and such, but when you get on the track without the full laboratory of testing equipment it doesn’t mean a thing. Let’s hear it for common sense.

Muscles are for strength.  The nervous system is for speed.  Do not mix them up.

By that I mean don’t try to improve your speed with weights and don’t try to improve your strength with speed.

strength in the gym, speed on the track.  How else can I say it????

Strength – absolutely.  Thirty minutes in the gym three days a week.  Warm up on the rower, 3 to 4 mins.

Dead lift, Bench Press, Oblique pulleys, Chins.  Find your 3 rep max for the first two (DL & BP) and when that gets easy add 10kg and go back to 2 or 3 reps.  For the other two build up to 10 reps then add weight (not reps).

This type of ‘lifting ‘ will strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments in proportion and prevent injuries.

Speed – absolutely.  I am a short to long fan.  When you can run 10m flat out increase to 20m etc.  Have a long recovery between reps so you have a fresh nervous system each run.  Do a lot of agility drills as well to keep joints, ligaments and tendons up to the challenge.

Finally on adaptation;  don’t tell the academics this, but periodisation is crap.  Building your systems (flexibility, strength, speed and endurance) on a daily and weekly basis is a natural way for the body to improve proportionally.

If you train at 80% continually and ramp up three weeks before a major event you will be in a high state of fitness without ‘burning out’ or having overload injuries.

Remembering Wolffe’s Law, “The body will adapt to any reasonable challenge.” (my translation).

Thinking About It

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What is it that makes us want to start sport?

Is it an ‘identity’ thing or a need for social acceptance or perhaps a need for ‘fitness’.

Once we are in it, what keeps us going?  As a coach, how do you keep that spark of interest alive once the athlete finds out how hard it is to maintain the enthusiasm?

Hopefully we as humans will always strive to be better at something, so if sport takes your fancy there is indeed plenty of scope for improvement.

I have found there are two sides to sports performance, physical and mental, and as I am going to say a lot about the physical let me start with the mental.

Some time back I posted an article “Goals are for Losers”.  Briefly, if you set a goal and don’t achieve it you have lost.  Another way I explain it to my athletes is; If you want a big disappointment – have high expectations.

Life is a journey, and sport is the same but with more clearly defined markers.  So if you strive to be the best you can be you cannot fail.  But you will learn a few lessons on the way.

Performance is a state of mind.  You must be able to trust your body to do the things you have learned in training with a calm and clinical ‘state of mind’.  A certain amount of adrenalin but not too much.  A good dose of passion but not over zealous.

These things must also be trained for.  Learn visualisation (of your movements as well as ‘state of mind’)  Learn emotional control (I recommend EFT ‘tapping’ as seen on my facebook page Sport cheats).

Psychology is Physiology

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Psychology is Physiology.

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References & Testimonials

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Glen performed his tapping technique on me after my mother’s death.  After 2 visits, I managed to release the acceptance of her death as well as identifying that other issues I thought were big become very minor. I was then able to put things into perspective and foresee a much clearer path for myself.  I was amazed that after only 2 visits, I had such clarity and contentment.  Glen’s unique style enabled me to understand how such positive thoughts were so powerful. It demonstrated to me that it was so easy to turn negative emotions into positive ones.  I walked into GLen’s healing domain with a 10 / 10 meaning a full non acceptance thinking that this would not work for me. After his second session I was down between a 0 and 2. I have barely cried since and believe mum is in a better place at peace. Not only does Glen focus on the main issue, but also on surrounding issues as well. I have used this technique on many other negative points and they are now positive. Glen is living proof of his beliefs. He is a world champion in his sport because he is so positive and realistic. He has definitely proven to me that this technique works. Please try it. I strongly recommend a visit to Glen if u are in distress or even if u want to strengthen your positive thoughts. I believe that everyone would benefit from this. Thanks Glen you have really made an impact on my life.
[ M N  sunshine Coast ]
I first began working with Glen as a sprinter nearly 15 years ago. Our training was the typical combination of drills, starts and races but also included EFT and mental imagery. Glen would have us tap for ourselves, tap on a problem someone was experiencing within the group as well as tap for our team. The results were incredible. Within our small group, Glen produced some of the best results at every carnival we went to, including podium finishes at a national level. I have no doubt that much of this was due to tapping. I have continued to successfully used EFT over the years in my sport, to manage nerves before an exam, to assist with managing stress and to assist with recovering from injury. I recently had a refresher course with Glen in ways to use tapping to help shift a long standing injury. Within a month I went from being unable to lie on my left shoulder for more than 5 minutes to being able to sleep on that side for a night without thinking twice. The benefits and uses of EFT continue to amaze me. It is a valuable skill to learn and one I would highly recommend under Glen’s tuition.
[ J W  Sunshine Coast ]
“If you are an athlete ( or not ) and you have a desire to increase the standard of your performance, then Glen Wilson had better be on your agenda.
Glen has spent many years in the pursuit of of knowledge and skills that are essential to increasing the quality of performance and training and therefore the results
that an athlete can obtain. Glen is at the leading edge of the knowledge that produces the very best that the body and mind can output. Glen also knows of the
newest methods that produce results with the least amount of effort. Glen understands that true excellence is not in-born but is developed through
strong desire driving maximal effort until the best is achieved. A modern mind-set is of top importance.
Talent is a myth. Smarter working methods and enduring effort is what  produces top results. This is what you will hear from Glen.
You will also hear that the new Energy Tapping drills are an almost magical pathway through your blocks and self sabotages. These drills are really
on the leading edge of Personal Empowerment Practices that will enable you to power through any blockages that you may have been grappling with.
And as well as that, the same drills have the capacity to really charge you through to connecting with the most positive energies and states that are
already there within you.
You owe it to your successful self to connect with Glen now and discover how he can assist you to accelerate in the direction of your dreams.
Glen is also one of the nicest and open guys I have ever had the pleasure to associate with. Call him now!”
[ B T  Sunshine Coast ]


Peer Pressure

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Sometimes the cause of ‘feelings’ may not be clean cut, but just working on intuition often clears the problem.

In this message ‘music’ can be replaced with ‘sport’.
Peer Pressure.

“Well”, said Alicia, “I have to tell you about one of the boys in my grade. He attends a unique public school for the arts. Every month they have performances in which he plays the trumpet. In the past he has experienced “fear of making a mistake” and “worry around his peers laughing at him.”
The night before the performance, while he was practicing his trumpet, I went into his music room and asked if he wanted to do the tapping thing. We ran into two difficulties. He had some difficulty tuning into the problem because he was relatively relaxed and calm. We tried talking about some of his past experiences yet he felt he could not get into it. We tried moving into the future anticipating what the next day would be like and he said he just didn’t get a sense of the fear. I wanted to proceed anyway so that he could learn the sequence. He even had a hard time with the number rating not knowing what he felt really. We tapped for the previous issues anyway just to go through the procedure.
He came home after school and I asked him how it went and he said “Great! And Oh I did tap before the performance.”
[Set-up phrase: ‘Even though I have a fear of making a mistake……………
Even though I have a fear of my peers laughing at me……………]

The EFT Family – Coach/Athlete Friction

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[Substitute Coach/Athlete for Student/Teacher]

Student/Teacher Friction

David entered the discussion, “We have a children’s residential psychiatric facility. One day one of the teachers came to me and said “Do something with this boy…he can’t come back to class until he settles down!” The teacher and boy were obviously furious with one another and the air was electric with the mood.
“Jason” quickly related that the teacher had been “an ##**!!” and he hated him. But didn’t want to miss school and get behind on his work. I mentioned that I had been learning a very simple but rather strange technique where you tap on acupuncture meridians to help calm yourself down. The boy agreed he would like to try it.
We tapped on “I hate the ##**!!!” for one round. He stood up and cracked every joint in his body and said he was feeling much better. He still had rating of 3. So we tapped one more round on “still some upset with the teacher”. On the completion of that round he announced he felt perfectly calm and was ready to go back and debrief with the teacher.
We did and he managed to be polite, assertive and calm throughout the discussion – even though the teacher was still rather charged in his negativity (I offered later to tap on him but he was not willing). Jason returned to school and managed the next 4 hours without incident.
During the tapping and related discussion Jason admitted that the teacher reminded him of his very controlling father. Since I was not his main worker I did not get into that layer of the problem but suggested he could work on it later using the same technique.

Tales from the EFT Family (2) Sport

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Stress and Heat on Performance

David was finding a common interest with parents who were also friends of the EFT Practitioner. Because he was a Doctor one mother confided:
We first used EFT with Adam (my son) when he was 8 during summer baseball. He often had a stomachache and general malaise before games but desperately wanted to play. During the games he often got overheated and nauseous. Once he threw up. We had attributed the nausea to his heat sensitivity but the more it happened, the more it looked like anxiety. We began to use EFT before games towards the end of the season, which greatly reduced the stomachache and nausea. The heat sensitivity seems to run in my family.
[Even though I am anxious about this game…….]
However, now that the other issues are taken care of, the heat sensitivity is more manageable.
When basketball season came along, Adam (at that time, 9) was again having anxiety symptoms before games but really wanted to play. Again we used EFT and again had good results, even better than during baseball. I think that was both because we were more practiced at figuring out the words that worked the best for the treatments (Adam was more able to identify his feelings) and the heat was no longer a factor.
I remember one Saturday in particular because of twin problems. He had a basketball game AND he was to spend the night with a good friend (which he had not done much). He was very anxious so we spent about 20 minutes doing various EFT treatments both for the basketball game and the spending the night away from home. At the end of the 20 minutes he was like a different child. He was full of energy, excited, and free from stomach-ache and other anxiety symptoms. I can’t tell you how relieved I was, not only for that particular day but also that there was clearly hope for my child to have a less stressful life.

[ You can self help on problems like these or, for a more specific approach, contact me;   ]