FS Athletics Manifesto
My name is Franz Snideman. I am a Coach, Personal Trainer, Fitness Educator, Business Owner, Husband and a Father.
I have been coaching clients for 22 years and am excited about what the next 20 years will bring. I have trained and taught several thousand people so far and it has taught me to look at the commonalities of the best training methods and understand the foundational principles that weave through all these systems.
Here is the list of Principles that I base my Training Philosophy on:
1. Individuals and Relationships over Processes and Tools.
2. What you don’t do is often more important than what you do do.
3. Choose Movements and systems over Muscles and Newtonian Reductionist Thinking.
4. Quality over Quantity.
5. Gently nudge the body into adaptation. Think slow and steady progressions.
6. Training Frequency trumps Training Intensity. Intensity can and should be used wisely and carefully.
7. The Abdominals never work in isolation. Think full system and especially the help of the glutes and lats.
8. Enhanced locomotion should be the end goal of almost all movement systems and exercise prescriptions.
9. Mobility should never be divorced from strength. Mobility should enhance strength and strength should enhance mobility.
10. Surround the Dragon when injured. Move and strengthen the muscles groups and joint complexes that are still functioning. Training the limb on one side will send nerve impulses to the other side if the body.
11. Motion is lotion. Move only the joints you plan on keeping.
12. There is no such thing as perfect movement. There is an optimal movement strategy for each person at the current moment. Someone’s poor movement strategy may be someone’s optimal strategy for that day.
13. If it’s important and valuable, do it every day.
14. Improving any motor quality is simply a factor of habit formation. If strength is the goal, do it frequently to develop the neural pathways.
15. Muscles that fire together, wire together. Treat your movement practice as skill training because that is exactly what it is.
16. Strength is a Skill.
17. Power is a skill.
17. Power is a skill.
19. Mobility can be improved and can be trained as a skill ( although some joint restrictions are structural which means recalibrate your mobility goals for this person).
20. Assess clients frequently but always be ready to adjust and adapt training plans based on their subjective results. Both objectivity and Subjectivity matter.
21. Perception is reality. Sometimes the truth doesn’t matter if someone believes something else to be true.
22. Seek first to understand and then to be understood. See things from their point of view and step into their world for a bit. This will save you a lot of heartache and allow you to find programs that can actually be applied.
23. Match programs with the clients’ personality type. A pro skateboarder is not going to get aroused from a boring program. Don’t be ridiculous with the program but find methods and movements that challenge their nervous system in an appropriate and sustainable way.
24. With elite level athletes, LESS is always more. Find ways to strip away the fluff and be careful about adding more movements and more stress.
25. If a program is not repeatable it’s not going to be healthy for the person.
26. Training should enhance endocrine function, not harm it. Frequent sickness and immune issues tell you right away that the training needs to be altered to match their unique physiology. We want people feeling energized and strong from their training.
27. Understanding a person’s Neurotype will help you understand their unique brain / neurotransmitter dominance and that will dictate the loading parameters, reps, sets, recovery and warm up.
28. Nutrition must be individualized to each person. We all have different foods that work well for us and that will harm us. Learning our bodies and respecting our interaction with food and the environment is a lifelong journey and one that will require many pivots and change of directions.
29. Nutrition Dogma is dangerous. The human body can and has evolved to survive off many different types of food and dietary habits. Again, healthy eating is more about biochemical individuality.
30. Be Proactive. Take action and do cool stuff. Ultimately the program you will do is much more important than the over complicated program that you won’t do.