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Dec 24

Coach Noonans Latest Blog Post for Sunny Coast Health and Fitness - Why numbers dont matter for athletes!

Posted by Crossfit Maroochydore


Here is some of what Coach Noonan Covered off in the article!

The weight on the bar, coaches and athletes alike seemed to get complete wrapped around the axel about HOW MUCH weight they or their athletes can lift when it may not even matter. Let me first start by saying recording weights and tracking what you are lifting is an extremely important practice when it comes to long term training success, however depending on your goal, especially if you are training for a field sport the total weight on the bar matters far less than HOW you lift it.

Now if you are a strength sport athlete, a powerlifter or Olympic weightlifter then there is absolutely no doubt that the weight on the bar matters because that is the sport lift as much weight as possible over 3 or 2 lifts. However if you are say a football player then once you step on the field your 1RM Back Squat has absolutely zero impact on what happens over the course of the game.

What does have an impact? Your ability to recruit the skills learnt in your sports specific training quickly and your ability to quickly and efficiently move through space quickly while maintaining good posture and position. Sports Specific training doesn’t happen in the gym that happens on the field/court/track using the tools you use to play your sport catching a football/using a Tennis racket etc, so how much you lift has no impact on your ability to do this. Your training program or gym work should be helping with the second part of this, you should be doing things that challenge good posture and position and reinforce your ability to maintain it, while doing movements/exercises that will help your ability to move through space.

There is a saying we use quiet a lot when talking to athletes “don’t sacrifice posture and position for added intensity”. This saying comes from the team at Power Athlete HQ and one we recite regularly within the gym.  Intensity comes in many different forms when training, range of motion, speed and obviously weight, so if you are doing a set of 5 deadlifts with shitty form just to post to Instagram that you pulled a certain amount of weigh, is that enhancing your ability to maintain good posture and position? No its not, the weight on your set of 5  deadlifts doesn’t matter if you’ve just been put on your ass during a football game and are left on the ground wondering which way that Mack truck went. Not to mention the injury risk you have imposed on yourself doing something that has NO bearing on your on field performance, nothing sucks more than missing weeks and weeks of your season due to something that could have been avoided.

Having a plan from a coach that is getting you to do movements like Squats, Lunges, Step Ups, Deadlifts ect. While maintaining good posture and position with the intention of moving the weight FAST (After all Speed is King) and focusing more on the quality and speed of the movement rather than the weight on the bar will have a lot more carry over than just trying to post big number to impress someone on your IG account.

Get a plan and train with purpose.

Matt Noonan


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Dec 16

Have Patience, trust the process - Thursday Thoughts

Posted by Crossfit Maroochydore

Having Patience and trusting the process is something that is becoming less and less in today's society. Sometimes the only thing missing in being successful in anything you do is patience setting up realistic expectations is important. Have a listen/watch and tell us what you think!

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Dec 15

Scaling options for your Pull Ups - Technique Tuesday!

Posted by Crossfit Maroochydore

Today we continue on with our pull up technique/ strengthening series. In this video we cover off a couple of different scaling options including spotted pull ups and box pull ups. We also take you through the best time to use these and points to look for.

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Dec 14

How long do you spend on Meal Prep!

Posted by Crossfit Maroochydore

We have a question! How long do you spend on meal prep? So with the answer to this one I give you WHAT I DO, just because it works for me doesnt mean that it will work for you as always get advice from the right person for you and your circumstances!

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Dec 13

Y-T-W-L Great Shoulder Stability exercise - Technique Tuesday!

Posted by Crossfit Maroochydore

This week we take you through a staple exercise in our programs the Y-T-W-L this movement is great for shoulder and scapula strength and stability. Great way to help get some strong shoulders or to help you on the path to getting that first pull up!

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Dec 12

Excuses vs reasons! - Thursday Thoughts!

Posted by Crossfit Maroochydore

Since I posted the video about how to stay motivated over Christmas Ive been getting a bit of feedback from people saying "Coach I cant do that because........." Most of what Im being told is just an excuse, make sure you are able to identify what is a legitimate reason and what is just an excuse. Fact is most of it is just an excuse. Enjoy!

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Dec 11

Ring Rows and Push Ups a great Push/Pull Combo! - Technique Tuesday

Posted by Crossfit Maroochydore

Ring Rows and Push ups are a great push/pull combination to fire up your upper body. They are also a great way to get closer to that goal of getting a pull up! Check out the important points and why it can help in the Video!

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