How to Use the WIN Strength Index Plugin

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Updated: July 3, 2014
Strength Graph

At the request of some of the top strength and conditioning programs in the country, we introduced this Plugin in March. The WIN Strength Index Plugin  is an effective and incredibly powerful way to visually communicate to athletes where they are in their journey towards optimal strength. There are three areas in which it will be particularly useful for users:

Strength Index Graph1. Getting athletes to understand the point of diminishing returns

Particularly in cultural legacy lifts, such as the bench press, where relevance is tied to locker room supremacy rather than field performance, coaches can get to the point. With anything there is a point of diminishing returns. Is it important to be strong on the bench press, to a point. The WIN Strength Index Plugin comes set with collegiate defaults for strength milestones. A score of 500 is exceptional, and frankly, going from 500–600 is 1/100 as important as going from 300–40 because being deficient at something is far worse than trying to master something.

2. Strength is not universal

In the classic scenario, many athletes will reach 400–500 points on the bench before anything else (because it’s culturally rewarding and easy). Many times it will take late into their college careers to max out their squat, dead lift, and clean scores. By visually identifying each of the movement patterns, athletes can better understand the “WHY” of the training program and their impact on the field.

3. Customization

Since WIN is used by everyone from professional athletes to elementary school students, we have given users the ability to customize their own ranges and targets for their particular program.

Taking off my CEO hat and putting on my strength coach whistle, I’d like to stand on a soap box for a minute. Having reviewed many of the top programs in the professional, collegiate and commercial market there is one clear trend: the bi-lateral strength of an athlete is one of the single most important factors in athletic development. Due to the functional training trend of the late 2000s, which was inundated by ATCs and physical therapists, there was a dynamic shift away from traditional raw strength development. The use of irrelevant jargon (sometimes made up muscle physiology and mechanics) and the manipulated interpretations of research journals became the norm. This “Fluffy Functional” training (a repetitious movement pattern that has little to no overload stimulus that ultimately produces limited to no measurable change in the long term physical state of an athlete) was widely accepted because, well, it sounded really good at the time. It is funny to point out that many of the commercial “functional” training centers  don’t test unless required to by the customer (NFL football combine prep). This is why I have a special place in my heart for training groups, such as Athletic Republic, that market pre and post testing  as a cornerstone of their program.

Well controlled and purposeful (part of a larger road map) pain free bilateral movements that emphasize overload stimulus should be a cornerstone of any athletes training plan With this being said, I would encourage practitioners to use the default settings for the Strength Index Plugin. You should realize that if you have a bunch of 100s in the squat, you’ve got your work cut out for you.  Changing the thresholds will only give athletes a false sense of security and will result in a harsh wake-up call when they reach the next level of competition.

Click here to get started with WIN and if you mention this blog post to our sales team you will receive one month of the WIN Strength Index Plugin for FREE.

 

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