I was asked this recently. It really is a good question and one that I needed some time to think about.
The answer is that it is an evolution. My philosophy has evolved since the first time I ever wrote a program. The philosophy is an on-going process of making choices on what I feel is best for my athletes. It is also the result of filtering things that I don’t necessarily agree with.
The key as a strength and conditioning coach is going out of your way to ensure that your athletes are doing what you feel is best for them. Looking back at my programs from over 10 years ago, I wouldn’t use them with anyone today. However, they could still get strong and most likely wouldn’t get hurt, but, there is a better way and that is how we are doing things now.
Pat Riley, the former LA Lakers coach said “If you are not getting better, you are getting worse”. I always have this in the back of my mind when it comes to learning and implementing.