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Saturday night I had the honor to travel to Vermillion, South Dakota to speak at the South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska NSCA Clinic. The Clinic was held at the University of South Dakota (USD) in the Historic Old Main Auditorium. My topic was called “Training Philosophy Adaptations for Different Focus Groups”. Pretty fancy title for a very informal talk about the different ways that I have adapted similar training methods to help very different groups meet their training goals over the years. A big part of my presentation involved a discussion on how my father, Gale Gillingham invented his own “Power Rack” training philosophy back in the 60’s and 70’s that helped him develop into a Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame Offensive Guard. There are so many stories to tell about the Oldman’s training I could spend hours just on that subject. The rest of my presentation discussed how his training philosophy influenced the training of my brothers and me, and how I have adapted this training to meet the needs of the different athletic populations that I have worked with over the years.
One of the big points that I hit on was that strength training has gotten so complicated over the years. There is always a new fad or a new infomercial out there with the latest and greatest machine or movement. It is my opinion that it is time for coaches to get back to teaching athletes proper form in completing the Olympic lifts and powerlifts. If you focus your strength training on cleans, snatches, front squats, back squats, bench presses, deadlifts and overhead press movements you have a pretty complete program. Unfortunately, current fad movements are replacing these lifts. Time to get back to the basics. Most in attendance agreed that training needs to concentrate on the basic movements, and that training can be very similar for most athletes, keeping sports specific adaptations in mind.
One of the big bonuses of speaking at these Clinics is being able to hear a wide variety of different speakers. The speaker directly preceding me was Dr. Wayne Westcott “Role of Exercise Science in the 21st Century”. He is the author of several books related to strength and fitness and truly an amazing speaker. He talked in scientific detail about all the health benefits that are obtained by strength training. Some of these benefits are ability to fight obesity, reduction of diabetes, cardiovascular benefits, as well as physical and psychological benefits. It was a real honor to hear him speak.
Christmas is on its way and 2014 will soon come to an end. 2015 will kick off a new year to establish new training goals and break old bad habits. Train smart, stay healthy, set your goals high, and make sure to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list.