Need Help With Olympic Athlete Client
03-19-2009 01:18 PM
Need Help With Olympic Athlete Client
Not sure if this is the right section to post this question in but I was hoping someone could help me out.
I've been personal training for several years now. My clients have ranged from bodybuilders to football playes to soccer moms to average joes looking to get in shape.
I just got a female olympic luge athlete who's looking to start training with me. I don't know a thing about this sport or how I should go about designing her workout. Right now I usually avoid fancy exercises and just stick with basic compound exercises with a focus on gaining strength.
This would be a great opportunity to get more clients, possibly more olympic athletes so I want to make sure she's happy and gets great results.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
03-19-2009 02:22 PM
Does that involve pushing a sled in the beginning? Maybe work for strength and speed using shoulders, chest, triceps, and legs. Probably should get the core to be strong as well. Sounds like you're on top of it.
03-19-2009 02:30 PM
Main points of interest, IMO, are the following -
Lower-Body Strength, and Power
03-19-2009 10:54 PM
Nice one. Watch some luge vids on youtube and observe their movements...espcecially at the start. Knowing their movements and the muscles used should help.[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGUaxpoL_hM"]YouTube - Torino 2006 - Luge[/ame]
Originally Posted by alex2678
03-21-2009 12:02 PM
Focus on big, powerful lifts. If you don't know how to coach Oly lifts I'd look in to that first. Stick with snatch, clean, rows, squats, the like. Also, maybe go for some agility work. Fast feet are good for a luge to get it started. Her coach will probably work technique and SPP so you should just focus on conditioning and gaining some raw power and agility.
03-21-2009 10:11 PM
Thanks for the replies so far. CMC, that video gives me a better idea of how the start of the movement is.
She just sent me her current training program the olympic coaches have her on.
Cleans: 3x2 Reps
Clean Pull: 3x3
Straight Arm Lat Pulldown: 3x8
Double Pull: 3x8
Jump Squats: 3x3
Bench Press: 4x4
DB Front Raise: 3x10
Tricep Extension: 3x10
Prone Row: 3x4
Back Extensions: 3x10
Double Pull: 3x6
She mentioned that this routine is a bit monotonous for her and she's looking for an extra "edge" that will help her get stronger is a shorter amount of time so I'm thinking I might want to switch things around.....
03-21-2009 10:35 PM
slip some sarms in her drinks... lol jk
Just want to keep emphasis on moves that are gonna create explosiveness and allow her to be wickedly quick to achieve a great amount of velocity fast
03-21-2009 11:28 PM
Dont forget the fast twitch muscles at heavy weight like that. I would say core, and the obvious things from the start.
03-22-2009 12:11 AM
Definitely core exercises and Id amend what was already given to her with more specific exercises similar to her luge movements.
I am quite surprised though..I compete in slalom skateboard racing nationally and am friends with a lot of street lugers which is very identical to winter luge. At her level of competition, also in regard to it just being a winter sport, if it were me, Id invest in a street luge for the summer time so the movements can be worked on year round.
One thought that came to mind...visual the absolute start of the luge. Then visualize an apparatus similar to that of the Total gym. The board on rollers set at the incline while she mimics that start off movement. Perhaps bands could be placed so as she executed that starting movement on the "Total gym" or similar apparatus, she would be duplicating the start execution at a higher resistance than what she would do for a competition.
If it were me, Id use one of my larger racing skateboards or similar set up that were wide enough for her to sit on. Then Id have her use her arms to accumulate forward momentum up a gentle incline ..again mimicking part of that start execution.
Having raced skateboards and snowboards up to world cup levels, from experience, many many races are won or lost depending on the quality of the start. That doesnt rule out the many other variables that come into play, but more often than not, weak starts yield lost races and slow times.
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