A few months ago I was asked to speak at the Sounders FC mentorship weekend and the topic I chose to speak on was “Specificity.” The reason I wanted to talk the principle of specificity was simple – there’s a ton of questions, confusion and debate out there on the subject! Which exercises are “sports specific” and which aren’t? What determines if something is specific or not?
Is everything outside of practicing one’s sport always going to be “non-specific”? Should we just train as specific as possible all the time? In this three part video lecture series, I’ll answer these questions and more. In this first part, I start with answering the simple question of what specificity really is and give examples of what I like to call the “specificity continuum.” Feel free to leave comments below, I’ll try to address questions in next parts.