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  • Writer's pictureZachary Conner

Zenith Strength and Conditioning Foundational Pillars

Updated: May 21

At Power Performance Lab, we keep the main thing the MAIN thing. That means we don't lose sight of our mission: to help each athlete on their path to maximizing their potential. The athlete is always put first. Below is a list of pillars we want each athlete to understand as quickly as possible.

Consistency – long term adaptation (and ultimately improvement) requires VERY regular exposure to the right amount of physical stress (No pressure, No diamonds). That means it takes lifting and practicing your sport(s) with varying frequency, intensity, and volume ALL YEAR for MANY YEARS to reach your very best potential

S.a.i.d. (Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands) – This acronym is one of the most important concepts to understand as an athlete. What it means is two things

1.) Our bodies adapt to physical stress. We must train hard; but once the quality of training becomes poor due to fatigue, we need to let our bodies recover to properly adapt; which is the cycle our bodies use to improve our abilities to complete a given physical task

2.) We can’t just work hard at the wrong things. The body adapts SPECIFICALLY to different types of stress. That means you can’t put a marathon runner in the box against even a below average high school pitcher and expect them to do well. The runner is adapted to perform a specific low intensity and relatively low skill task for a long time. Whereas the pitcher is adapted to perform a high intensity and highly skilled task repeatedly. They are different physical demands

It takes what it takes – Changing your body requires intense movement (lifting heavy, jumping and throwing fast, etc.) We understand that no one can give 100% every day, they would break down and ultimately that would stop improvement. However, it takes effort to change your body so give the best performance you have to offer each day

Figures Don’t lie; but liars do figure – to paraphrase that saying, choosing to not measure everything you can is lying to yourself as an athlete. Tracking data about your performance (whether that be the weight lifted on every rep or the velocity on every pitch in a bullpen) exposes if the training an athlete is doing is working or not. That allows athletes and coaches to keep doing what is working and investigate what isn’t working

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