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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Adaptability part 2: The Athlete (and a few coaching principles to live by)

In the last post (part 1), I tried to highlight the importance of being adaptable as an S&C coach by illustrating some examples and exercises based on my experiences.  Mostly this was focussed around adapting to technical coaches.  In this post I’m going to focus on the athlete and try to illustrate that whilst theoretical case studies are great at university, in the real world nothing ever goes perfectly to plan and physical development is a messy non linear process.

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Homemade Avocado Bread (It’s Amazing!)

Everyone’s scared of bread these days, personally I love it!  For those of you who want a delicious alternative to conventional bread or are just looking to try something new, here’s a “gluten free”, “dairy free”, “soya free”, “paleo”, “vegetarian” and any other food fashion trend you follow, simple recipe you can make at home.  I promise this recipe really is awesome and the reason there’s only 1 photo is because it got devoured before I had a chance to take another!

Ingredients :

  • IMG_12332 ripe avocados
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup mixed seeds
  • 1 tbls chia seeds
  • large splash of olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/3 avocado seed (ground)

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Episode 10: Simon Brundish

Simon BrundishAs well as having 20 years of S&C and PT experience with general to elite populations, Simon Brundish is now leading a physical literacy initiative in UK primary schools. He is doing some incredible work that is definitely worth sharing! We talk physical literacy for youngsters and all about his incredible model for development based on superhero characters. I’ve been lucky enough to participate in one of Simon’s practicals and I swear you’ll struggle to think of a better or more fun way to coach movement to kids. Then this month I reviewed Simon Sinek’s Start with Why and as always round up a few CPD and job opportunities.

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Episode 9: Rob Walsh

Rob WalshRob Walsh is Head of Physical Preparation for the Netherlands Ski & Snowboard Federation. This role encompasses working with all snowsport athletes, both adaptive and non-adaptive alike. Rob largely discusses how he’s built a programme that caters for everyone and give some specific examples of how where he believes he can have the greatest impact when working with adaptive skiers. I review Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and round up all latest CPD and job opportunities. Enjoy

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Red Pepper Hummus

Mmmmm I love hummus! I also prefer to make my own because I know exactly what’s going in it, nothing but wholesome fresh ingredients!  Here’s a recent batch I made with some added red pepper, give it a try and let me know what you think.

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  • 500 grams pre-soaked chick peas
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • splash of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1 tbls tahini
  • pinch of salt and pepper

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Protein-Packed Vegetable Curry (Black Bean and Lentil)

It’s great to have a high protein diet when you train a lot and have an active lifestyle.  But that doesn’t mean you need to eat meat every meal or even every day!  I’m gradually shifting towards a mostly plant based diet.  One day I may get to full vegetarian or even vegan.  Anyway this recipe is packed full of protein, contains no meat and is totally delicious.

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  • 1 tin black beans
  • 1 cup pre soaked lentils
  • 1 courgette
  • 1/2 aubergine
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • handful of spinach
  • handful of raisins and apricots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • tbsp fresh mint
  • thumb ginger
  • chillies
  • turmeric
  • curry powder
  • paprika
  • yogurt

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Adaptability part 1: The Coach

One of the greatest things I think I’ve learnt from working in Alpine skiing is the importance of adaptability.  Or even what it really means to be adaptable.  I can’t say that this has been the easiest of lessons for someone who likes structure, processes and effective organisation; for most of my experiences have been gained from sports with regular schedules that rarely change and work towards fixed events that aren’t likely to change (Rugby and Diving).  So what does it really mean to be adaptable and why is it so important?  Well hopefully I can illustrate that through a few short stories of my own experiences.  For the sake of making this easier to read (and write!), I’m going to break this down and publish it in two parts.

Part 1: Adapting to the coach

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Roasted Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup

Homemade soups make for great nutritious meals and snacks.  And by far my favourite way to make soup is by roasting the veg first!  I’ve got a few decent soup recipes that will be appearing on this site soon, first up though is this delicious roasted cauliflower and parsnip soup, garnished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds.  Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

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  • 3/4 cauliflower inc leaves
  • 3 large parsnips
  • 1 red onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • almond milk and water for consistency
  • seasoning: black pepper, chilly salt and paprika
  • garnished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds

Serves 6-8 people

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Nutrient Dense Meals #2 Beetroot Pancakes

Beetroot is one of the most underrated “super foods” out there!  It has numerous health and performance benefits such as the lowering of blood pressure and improving muscle oxygenation during exercise (aerobic energy system) that come as a result of its high nitrate content.  So what better way to start the day than eating it for breakfast and you won’t find many tastier ways than as part of this pancake recipe!

Ingredients:

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  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 banana

  • 1 medium beetroot

  • small thumb of ginger
  • 1/2 avocado seed
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 scoop protein (optional)

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