A Good Attitude
No goal gets achieved by not first having a no excuses attitude. Athletes need to be prepared, be able to take constructive criticism, and be ready to work hard.
Good results won’t happen unless there’s consequences for mistakes. Athletes are expected to pay attention, be respectful, and do their best. If those things aren’t being done, an exercise is usually given to get the athlete back on track. We also have consequences for mistakes on performance that the class has gone over a couple of times and should know how to perform.
We have scheduled water breaks, usually every 15-20min. Water breaks are not to be taken at the convenience and comfort of the athlete. I know a lot is mentioned about the need of water, but we want our athletes to know that things aren’t going to be comfortable at camp. It should also be noted that it is not necessary to have many water breaks during a workout as some are led to believe. I actually go into this a little further in my book, “The Speed Principles”
Not all pain is bad. For example, anytime a person begins a new routine or pushes themselves to a higher intensity level than accustomed to, there is going to be an adjustment period. Athletes need to realize that in order to reach goals, there is going to be some discomfort through the process. When an athlete is experiencing sharp, stabbing pains in a particular muscle or bone it is a sign that an athlete needs to stop. We offer a self assessed measurement for the athletes to determine their pain threshold. On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest pain, if an athlete complains and believes the pain is a 4 or 5, immediate rest is suggested for the situation to be further looked at and noted.
Although not labeled a “Christian” organization, We make it a point to pray from time to time, usually at the beginning or end of a session. The prayer will not take more than a minute or two and during this time athletes may step off to the side or may participate if they wish.