Kaylee Gittleson ran hurdles for Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. The team won three out of four Division I State Championships during her four years. Kaylee was told by her dad to write about training from her perspective on the Rogers Blog.
FROM THE COACH’S DAUGHTER
My Dad was a Strength Coach for 30 years. We literally live in a gym with furniture. My father knows I love art, so he likes to talk to me in pictures.
I couldn’t decide what exercise was going to be the best for my legs. At school I just did what the Coach said, but at home I had to make a decision. We have a wide variety of stuff in the house and my debate was one of four exercises. At least I narrowed my choices down to four. I could use the Box Squat, the Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Squat Pro, or Squat with a Barbell. Confused, I decided to ask my dad.
My father was in Iowa, I sent him a text and I quickly received his Text with this photo:
The Graffiti Barn; east of Columbus Junction, Iowa, is a car-stopper for photographers. A splash of colors against the rural background.
“Graffiti is Art make no mistake about it.” …..he said.
Properly performed exercise builds muscle make no mistake about it ‘…..he said.
The next Text:
“Look up the Overload Principle.”
The Overload Principle stated, systematic and progressive things cause adaptation if of a proper magnitude. ‘Load’, ‘Tension’, ‘Intensity’, were words I was reading.
He was telling me to lift hard and choose any exercise I wanted, but lift hard and be systematic and progressive, and I would get the right result.
Graffiti, even though it may look like scribble is Art . Muscles adapt to any sufficient load even if the exercise doesn’t seem to me to look as special as another. My choice of exercise didn’t matter. I could choose what I liked.
Photo Courtesy of Kathy Leistner
The next text was:
“Choose all four exercises.”…….he said.