Performance Training for Athletes: There’s No “Quick Fix” Part 1

Performance Training for Athletes: There’s No “Quick Fix” Part 1

Heads up: athletes currently under construction.

Now that I’m in the full swing of summer off-season training – a comprehensive 8-12 week program 2-4x a week at Jay Dyer Strength and Conditioning, I’d like to give an ode to the process of performance training.

Given we live in an instant gratification and “quick fix” culture – whether that’s diet, weight loss, etc. – the same can be said for strength and conditioning.

More often than not, I find coaches and parents begging me to get their players and kids faster in a week’s time.

Or, worse yet, coaches send me their team and demand, “get my team faster from this ONE session.”

Yes, that’s been asked before.

It pains me to say that parents and coaches still believe people can get faster, stronger, and better from one day a week of training, or just one month of training.

On a side note: I have a plethora of parents and team coaches who understand the importance of training frequency and consistency. And I have many athletes who can only see me once a week, but perform strength on their own time. You all deserve a fist pound. You rock.

Alas, for everyone who wants a quick fix and ignores the beauty of the process, here you are:

Exercise physiology doesn’t work that way.

And I know saying there’s no magic pill to turn an athlete into Lebron overnight is not want you want to hear. And I know saying consistency is key is unsexy and mundane at best.


It’s reality.

It’s honest.

It’s no-bullshit.

So before I go off on a tangent, I’ll end my rant. For now. 😉

Please stay tuned for a more technical, science-based part 2 to this piece soon.


  • Luka
    Posted at 20:49h, 21 June Reply

    Brilliant text Erica, I have the same problem with player’s parents. How to explain but not offense and argue them is the real art😊

    • erica
      Posted at 00:12h, 23 June Reply

      Thank you!

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