- Sports Specificity - Cosmo - How Can I Get Better At XYZ?
It’s not necessary for 99.99% of the population.
Fair enough, if you’re Usain Bolt, crack on, but for everyone else it just isn’t needed.
Fundamental strength exercises should make up the bulk of your strength and conditioning program. Movements like the back squat, bench press and power clean are useful to athletes because these exercises are non-specific to anything other than increasing strength and power - qualities that can be applied to any athletic context.
Hurling a 15kg slamball at the wall in an attempt to improve your rugby passing skill is detrimental. A heavier than normal “pass” is a slower than normal and a less accurate than normal “pass”, and it’s also eating up time that could be better spent getting generally stronger - something that will positively impact your sports performance.
Movement skill for sports must be developed by playing your sport, and strength is best developed in the gym using the best exercises for the job.
I was asked what my thoughts were on this “Cosmo” thing…
Now, I may be a little late to the party on this one, mainly because I try to stay off social media, but here we go anyway…
Here’s what happened:
Cosmo put a large woman on their cover. I think her name is Tess.
People lost their s***.
Is Cosmo promoting self love, or being ok with an unhealthy lifestyle? Is it promoting curves or obesity? How dare they, how dare you, etc…
Here are my thoughts.
“You do you, player...”
Those are words to live by.
If you like a pie, have a pie.
If you don’t like pie and someone else does, f*** off and leave them to it.
In this day and age, we all know vegetables are generally pretty healthy, and 2 packets of Oreos are generally not so healthy. We all know exercise is generally pretty healthy, and 16 hours of screen time a day is generally not so healthy… WE ALL KNOW!
You make your choices, let others make theirs. Time spent working yourself into an outrage on social media is time that could be better spent drinking good beer, listening to better music, and having great sex.
How Can I Get Better At XYZ?
It either needs more work or less work.
[And, depending on what it is, probably more food and sleep…]