One industry trend that’s blown up in recent years is the push towards individualized training programs. Now, before I go into detail on my opinion on this trend I want to make it clear that I don’t think this is a bad trend by any means. The idea of individualized training programs by itself is just a logical idea that has gained traction because it just plain makes sense. However, I can also see the flaws in how this trend has been executed for the most part. This observation is directed largely at the private sector, but I also want to make it clear that this observation is not directed at any coach or program specifically. I understand the danger in criticizing a program or coach without fully knowing the context of what they’re doing, how they’re doing it, who they’re doing it with, and why they’re doing it, so I want to be very careful with this blog post and make it a point to state that these observations are in the most general sense possible and that there are most definitely programs and coaches that do a fantastic job of implementing intelligent, productive, individualized programs for their athletes.
My first worry is that there are coaches out there who market themselves as having “individualized programs” and the only thing individual about them is the eyewash mobility drills they have the athletes do in their warm up. Do I think mobility drills typical with what you see on social media do harm to athletes? No, I don’t. I think they can help very untrained athletes build a basic understanding of how their body is supposed to move, but I don’t think they’re near as productive as content creating strength coaches would lead you to believe. Wall ankle mobilizations being the most eyewash mobility drill of them all.