Recently I put out this article on my home gyms page. It is one of my favorite things to work with. I enjoy getting out a sandbag or throwing around an Atlas stone. I enjoy struggling through a kettlebell session. But the bigger truth for using these objects is that it adds diversity to your training.
One of the reasons that CrossFit took off and became such a phenomenon was that no two days look the same. You can go months without seeing the same combination work elements and still see great results. There needs to be a process to what you are doing, but there are numerous ways to go about getting there. It is one of those rare occasions where a straight line is not always the quickest path to success.
So as a coach and as an athlete, I encourage you to look for new ways to achieve the goals that you are looking for. If you notice an athlete is struggling with a specific area of their lifting or movement can one of these other objects help them get the result that they are looking for.
First and foremost, don’t introduce these methods of training if you are not familiar with how to do them. Make sure you are able to spot faults and correct them. Consider that my disclaimer in this post.
But once you are comfortable with the movements, they are great for you to use for functional reasons but there is a bigger reason as well. Your athletes will loves the change and the challenge. And this is the key to have a sustainable athlete base. Because we all must be honest with ourselves that the average person that we have walking into our gyms is someone wanting to get in better shape. They are looking for a healthier lifestyle and it is our job to help them get there and help them enjoy the process.
So we have to mix it up. It is important to increase the challenge in new and different ways. I am not going to lie, it is uplifting for a coach to see people get excited when they come in and see that they are going to be using the sandbags or the stones or yokes. It is great to look around the training floor and see people intently listening to a coach and they explain how to properly lift a keg or perform a sandbag getup!
So I leave you with this question…what do you do to help get your athletes better and keep them engaged with the process?