Joel Jamieson: Building the Performance Model

When I first opened up and started working with the fighters who came from next door, it was a huge question mark: How do these guys need to be trained?

What were the differences between what they needed and what I was used to, which was football and strength and power; make guys big and strong, fast and explosive. That was what I knew how to do and that was what I focused on.

Then I started to train these fighters and it was a whole different ball game. I’ve told the story before, but when I first got them in the gym and started to work with them, I said to myself, ‘These guys are so weak! They’re terrible. These guys are pathetic!’

‘If I can just make them stronger, they’re going to kill everybody.’

Then, I went next door and started training with them a little bit. I was really strong and kicked their asses for about 10 seconds . . . and then they murdered me because I had no endurance. I was strong and powerful, but I couldn’t make it last more than 30 seconds.

That was when I started to realize that there’s a whole different ball game between one sport and the next. There’s a whole different set of needs that one athlete has compared to another.

Today, we’re going to talk about what the Performance Model is and then I’m going to give you some sample models of how you can actually take Excel and use it to create models and give yourself a tool to track and monitor and see where one athlete stands when compared to another, and what they need based on that. Finally, we’re going to talk about how to use the whole thing put together.

First of all, what is the Performance Model?

The Performance Model is probably going to be different to each one of you, because each one of you is going to have somewhat of a different take on performance. Charlie (Weingroff) has his views on performance, Patrick (Ward) has his views and I have my own. There are a lot of similarities: we all see a lot of the same picture, but we’re all going to define things somewhat differently. And that’s okay.

We’re all going to have a slightly different approach to training based on our backgrounds, based on our expertise and our experiences. But the Performance Model is something that doesn’t have to be the same thing to everybody. We can all have our different takes on it. We can all have different view on how to put it together.

At the end of the day, we all want to have something to compare one athlete to and figure out what they need.

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