On Tuesday, I mentioned that Coach Dos just released his new program Complete Program Design.
In addition to balancing my workload with Endeavor, USA Hockey’s Women’s National Team, and my doctorate work, I spend A LOT of time and money on continuing education every year. As a result of my schedule, I need to be really picky about where I spend my resources and sifting through the haze of hyped up marketing can be difficult.
Today I wanted to share a breakdown of what’s including in Complete Program Design, along with an honest appraisal of the product.
From a content perspective, Complete Program Design discusses:
As I mentioned on Tuesday, one of the things I think Coach Dos is the best in the world at is getting results with large groups of athletes. As a result, his programs aren’t overly fancy and periodization models aren’t very complex. This isn’t a knock on the Complete Program Design as much as it is pointing out the wisdom in his programs. With all of the information out there today, it’s easy to get caught up the minutia of program design. This can lead to failure for two major reasons:
These are huge mistakes that every coach will make at some point, but there is a ton of wisdom in keeping things simple to ensure that they’re done well.
The two things I like the most about Complete Program Design are the exercise database and the workout builder excel file.
The exercise database is cool because Dos actually coaches all of the exercises. When I was watching them, I got a real sense of how he would teach it and what he was looking for. This is important to me because I think in a lot of instances you learn more from watching someone coach than you do from hearing them describe their system. Anytime you can “observe” great coaches, it’s a win.
There were a few exercises throughout the database that I had never seen before and really liked. Having a mental library of exercises to defer back to is exceptionally helpful in making parallel substitutions for exercises that have the same focus, but don’t always require the same equipment. Lots of great exercises that are not only easy to steal, but will spark your creativity in coming up with other alternatives.
The workout card in his program is AWESOME. As I mentioned a couple days ago, I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time and money trying to make our excel templates less archaic. Dos’ card allows you to design 2-, 3-, and 4-day/week programs with different emphases, while ensuring your program is balanced from a movement pattern standpoint.
This is pretty cool. But I think the more inquisitive of you will also learn a lot from seeing how he has it all set up, and will be able to “deconstruct” the file so you can plug in your own exercises and periodization schemes to better fit your specific needs (if you’re at that point). There’s a ton of value here.
Is it worth it?
This is a question everyone asks before they make a buying decision. For me, I always weigh new purchases against decisions I’ve made in the past. In this case, Complete Program Design is much less than the cost of a weekend course, and when you factor in travel, it’s WAY less. I paid more money to have someone build out an excel template than what this product costs, and having the opportunity to observe how Dos designs programs and coaches is invaluable.
Hopefully this helps provide an inside look into the program. As a friendly reminder, the program is $100 off until Friday at midnight.
To your success,
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Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.