Go After Your Weakness With a Vengeance!

One of the cornerstones to my athletes success is my ability to eradicate their athletic weaknesses and enhance their strengths. The unfortunate thing is that very few athletes, parents and coaches realise that there are 4 keys to elite sports performance.

The 4 keys to sports performance are as follows:

Physical Skills-Strength, speed, power, agility, acceleration, flexibility, endurance, resiliency and durability

Technical Sporting-kicking, handballing, marking, tackling, shepherding and smothering.

Kurt Tippetts Marking is one of his biggest strengths!

Kurt Tippetts Marking is one of his biggest strengths…however when I was consulting with the Adelaide Crows back in 2008 his coach Neil Craig would hammer Kurts weaknesses..which at that point in time was his skills below his knees, in fact he ordered the crows player to deliver grubber kicks to Kurt in the forward line when doing game based simulations. This is a perfect example of a smart coach identifying his players weaknesses! Kurt Tippett has some of the best below knee ball skills of any player above 205cm!

Tactical Sporting Skills-reading the play, game sense ability, defense and attack.

USP PIT Athlete and Collingwood Superstar has one of the smartest football brains to have ever walked through THE PIT

USP PIT Athlete and Collingwood Superstar has one of the smartest football brains to have ever walked through THE PIT. His biggest weakness was his speed and power which is what we focused on exclusively in THE PIT to ensure he got drafted and performed at his best during the draft camp tests. You can read about Daynes results here .

Psychological Skills-Work Ethic, Confidence, Discipline (Nutrition, recovery) ability to overcome setbacks, ability to endure the pain of pushing the body to its absolute limits, mental toughness, concentration and focus.

Former Brisbane Lions Player Bryce Retzlaff is one of the most mentally tough athletes I have ever coached!

Former Brisbane Lions Player Bryce Retzlaff is one of the most mentally tough athletes I have ever coached. Having trained and played despite many serious injuries. His ability to endure physical pain and push his body to its absolute limits defies words. His work ethic is unquestionable!

So how do I know what my athletes weaknesses are and where they lie?

I watch my athletes play their games and I review their videos..(Yes, it’s funny I know many so called “trainers” that don’t even watch their athletes play..I mean come on… are you seriously in it with your athletes-click here to check out what I mean??), I talk to the athletes parents, I talk to their coaches and then from this feedback I can pin point where the athletes weakness lies.

I rate them and assess every athlete that comes through the PIT.

Why?

It give us a baseline, it allows us to see improvements, it allows to identify weaknesses and their strengths.

Work Thy Weaknesses…

Athletes and human beings in general typically gravitate towards their strengths..

Why?

Because its far easier on the ego to handle…

No one likes to be a dunce at anything…

USP Athlete Matty Garlands Strength and Power is second to none but requires more flexibility

USP Athlete Matty Garlands Strength and Power is second to none but requires more flexibility (as can be seen in this picture). He has begun a 3 sessions a day flexibility program to bring up his weakness.

Working on your strengths is what I call the easy road to take at first, but like all easy roads and paths they eventually become the hard road and path to take when you fail to get where you want to go or fail to improve..

That’s why its so important to have a coach…

At The USP PIT Gymnasium..I only work with 25 athletes per year…

The reason being is, so that those 25 athletes can have my undivided focus and attention.

After all, in my opinion that is what they deserve!

I know everything about my athletes..where they go to school, their injuries, their illnesses, their training loads, their strengths, their weaknesses…their parents…
But most importantly I know how to get the best out of them based on their psychological profiling and working with more than 10,000 athletes over the past decade…

I’m convinced this is one of the reasons why our athletes experience massively successful results!

Over the next few weeks Ill let you know how you can apply to be on our waiting list for an opportunity to train at The USP PIT Facility.

Stay focused,

Joey