Give Credit to the Creator!

From what I’ve heard, from the far end of Siberia to Iceland to California – thousands of coaches are performing with their athletes Javorek’s Complex exercises, but some of them give credit to themselves. I really worked hard on developing these exercises and I like to share with everyone my “little secrets” just give credit to the “creator”.

Who I am and what I am doing here? My athletes at Johnson County Community College call me “coach Javorkian”. At University of Texas A&M my athletes called me “coach Pop”. Several college and high school conditioning coaches are calling me the ”Dumbbell King”. Back in Romania I was just “coach comrade” and for the very intimate athletes “Pista bacsi” (uncle Pista : which is the Hungarian nick name of Istvan-Steven).

I started my sport career as a violin player. At sixteen years of age my body weight was forty-five kilogram(99 lb.), and of course, like every East-European kid I played soccer, and all kind of little town’s “street given” fitness possibilities, but I did not practice any given sport. I was a skinny, and far away from being the strongest child of my neighborhood. Then one day coming home from the violin practice, walking on the streets, my sister, (who was a master level gymnast and able of beating me in wrestling) Eniko’s friend ambushed me on the street and coerced me of pressing my violin bow overhead.

I felt very embarrassed. That was the turning point of my life. I went home and on my mom’s biggest surprise I officially announced that I give up my bright violinist future and I will become an athlete.

Istvan "Steve" Javorek

Advice for Young Coaches:

  • Never be satisfied with your performances and training methods. Always could be better!
  • Gather as much detailed information as possible about your “new ideas”
  • Select and Classify the Information.
  • Implement new ideas gradually into your program.
  • Record daily information about the athletes’ reaction, etc.
  • If it is possible, try the new elements or programs on your own or on small number of athletes.
  • Follow up! Discuss with the athletes about the program. They have the best and most sincere feedback.
  • Explore and experiment with new programs, but never put the athlete at risk.