I have always believed that... "the best weapons in a coach's armoury are their eyes and their stomach!" To clarify, I'm referring to one's powers of observation and gut feel when assessing their athletes ability and deciding on what direction to take with their training. In saying that, I have always been pro-active in furthering my education in the pursuit of finding better ways to condition my athletes both mentally and physically. The old saying of... "there is more than one way to skin a cat!" , really does ring true in our sport. This, along with the fact that... "no two athletes are the same", should motivate coaches never to stop asking questions in an attempt to increase their coaching armoury.
Training Program Analysis:
I have been lucky to have worked with many top coaches from several different countries around the world. I have always found it a good practice to share ideas and insights into my program with other coaches. This usually entices them to share some of their ideologies with me, and in doing so, exposing me to new ideas and sometimes highlights certain things that I might be neglecting in my program. The old saying of "two heads are better than one", really rings true in this situation, but it is also a well known fact that it can be easier for someone that is not wrapped up in the day to day application of the program, to identify problems whilst "looking from the outside in".