Getting The Best Out of People

I believe my skills lie in getting the best out of people on a daily basis. To me, that’s what performance coaching is all about and these are 6 key principles I try to stick by.

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The simple thing about Crossfit

For most S&C coaches, Crossfit is a taboo subject. It’s about time we got over that. When it exploded in popularity 6 or 7 years ago, most of us were horrified by the number of “Crossfit fail” compilations that appeared all over the internet. Now it’s had time to establish itself as a dominant force within the fitness industry, it would be nice to think that a few things have changed. As I’m currently touring Crossfit gyms round the world (#crossfitworldtour if you didn’t know already), I hope I can provide a little unbiased perspective.

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Are you happy?

If you’re a happy human, great! Keep smiling and share your happiness with the world.

If you’re not, it’s ok.  In my experience there are a lot of unhappy people out there.  A lot of people fighting their battles in silence, trying to deal with shitty circumstances, emotional trauma and what life’s thrown at them.  A lot of people who don’t feel fulfilled in life and a lot of people who are just drifting along, existing without really living.

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How to Gain Time: The most valuable experiment you’ll ever do.

Time is infinite, yet OUR time is limited.  What’s worse is, we never really know when our time might run out.  For this reason, I believe Time is the most valuable commodity in existence.  So it would be great if we had more of it right?

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I’ll always be a failure and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This is a short article as much about my experience as it is mindset. I am extremely proud of how far the Andorran Alpine Ski Team has progressed over the last 2 and a half years. Leaps and bounds in all areas including ski performance, physical capacity, training mentality, nutrition, discipline and more, but I’ll openly admit that I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way and we still have a long way to go. After all, they aren’t world champions YET.

Enabling athletes to be better at doing what they do best is why I’m in this and learning from failures, however big or small is a huge part of that process.

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Start Smiling!

Lots of people talk about “just wanting to be happy”.  I’m not going into anything deep here, I just want to mention the easiest first step towards daily happiness and something you can do anywhere, anytime.  SMILE!  Actively smiling can positively effect your mood and make you happy!

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Agility training for Alpine Skiers (and all sports!) involves “Reactive Work”

If you’re not familiar with the sport of Alpine Skiing, it is essentially a race down a snowy mountain with continuous changes of direction around poles and on skis of course.  From technical to speed disciplines (SL, GS, SG & DH), gates get further apart, skis get longer and speeds get much faster.  In my opinion, this makes it an agility-based sport.  As recent definitions of agility seem to include the “response to an external stimulus” aspect alongside the “whole body change of direction” I’d understand if you were to argue against me.  (Again if you’re not familiar with the sport, athletes do inspect the course before the race so they have the opportunity to memorise and visualize each turn, thus you’d think most movements are preplanned.)  However as athletes speed toward each gate, I’d argue they are still adjusting to what’s in front of them, it’s unlikely that every turn will be perfect, snow moves, you can lose balance for a split second or make a mistake and thus reaction speed is also a huge key to their change of direction ability when competing or even training for that matter.

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Episode 12: Rhys Ingram

rhysRhys Ingram is an S&C coach for the EIS working with GB Taekwondo on how the sport has evolved since London 2012, what it takes to win, interpreting subjective opinions from technical coaches and what they’ve been up to in preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio this year.

This episode marks a slight change to the format of the show as I’m very happy to welcome Rob Anderson of Fortius Training into the mix!  Rob will be providing segments on relevant resources, cpd & jobs as well as some interviews in the future as we strive to deliver more regular content.  I’m also pleased to say that when I started the podcast back in October 2015, I set myself a target of 1 per month and this episode means I’ve beaten that goal for the first year.  Thanks for listening and enjoy the show.

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What some Universities don’t tell you: An open letter to all Sports Science/S&C students, especially those considering it

Working in elite sport or any sport for that matter is an extremely rewarding career.  I consider myself very fortunate to have the position and experience I hold and consciously appreciate it every single day.  I’m all about pursuing your passion and doing what you love in life.  I understand why it appears so attractive to young individuals/aspiring coaches.  I would like to offer some simple advice and an honest perspective.

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Episode 11: James Baker

James BakerIn this Episode I interviewed James Baker on the back of the awesome Child to Champion conference to share his work with teenage athletes at St Peter’s High School. James gives loads of great insight into their programme especially around common problems with school age pupils and maximizing athlete engagement. (APOLOGIES for the poor sound quality in the 2nd part of the interview, had a bit of wifi trouble.) Then this month I review James Kerr’s Legacy and round up loads of jobs and online resources that are available at the moment.

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