We all have cracks.
As soon as you step off the platform, it’s time to assess and identify your cracks. This is what “off-season” is all about.
Last Friday I trained with one of the guys from my gym and followed his program. It was painfully obvious I have a huge weakness. More on that later.
I spent Saturday on a squat, bench press and deadlift workshop with my good friend Jacob of Maxer.dk, where I primarily focussed on how Jacob teaches the lifts and how he interacts with people. But as usual – just being around Jacob sends my brain into overdrive, and I identified a couple of things I need to work on going forward.
Pretty much anyone who is serious about their training has a “B”. A list of goals they want to accomplish. A lot of people forget to establish the “A” (current level) first though. Without an A getting to B is almost impossible.
Using myself as an example, I want a bigger squat (who doesn’t). One of the things I realized on Friday is that I suck horribly at Bulgarian split squats. As I sat down and thought about it some more, I realized that my single leg strength is pretty poor. I like the big lifts. I like them a lot. I rarely (if ever) do isolation exercises and in general the smaller the exercises, the less likely I am to do it.
Anyways, increasing single leg strength is not the end all be all to improving your squat. But in my case it’s such a huge glaring weakness that I’ve neglected for too long.
Bulgarian split squats are humbling and unpleasant, but it’s also a great way to bring up leg strength, while actively strengthening the hips through a full range of motion. It also stretches the hip flexors under load, which is tremendous.
The off-season is a time to take a step back, reevaluate your current position (and possibly method) and plan ahead.
What’s your crack?