Category Archives: Development

Articles written for personal, professional & philosophical development.

You F*cked up…Now what are you going to do?

No one likes to admit it but we all make mistakes.  A huge key to success is excepting that failure is an essential part of the process, that no one is perfect and that you need to learn from where you go wrong so that next time you can make more informed decisions and have a better chance for success.  In other words, mistakes are inevitable and essential in the process of self-development.

In this post I’m going to give a few “what would you do?” examples of mistakes that can easily occur in various S&C roles.  Some are taken from my own experiences (there’s a long enough list to choose from),  one is from the experiences of another coach and some parts are fictional/hypothetical.  The idea is to get you thinking about how you might handle such situations so that you are better informed if you encounter similar positions and for when you next f*ck up.

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Challenging Discussion on Warm Ups

Regardless of it’s nature, every session will start with some form of warm up.  I thought this would be a great place to start discussion and set a few exercises that will push the practical application of your knowledge.  I would first like to say that I’ve had some really great and appreciative feedback from writing this blog.  I’m extremely grateful for your comments and happy to be helping so many aspiring coaches.  I’m sorry I haven’t managed to post for a couple of weeks, life and work got in the way a little.  Before you get stuck into the tasks and discussion in this article, start by enjoying this extremely confident display from Michelle Jenneke as she prepares to compete:

As I mentioned in my introductory article, this thread is not designed to discuss the science but rather the practical application of your knowledge and challenge your thought process as a coach.  Whilst I firmly believe you should have a solid understanding of the scientific evidence upon which we base our training principals, there are texts books and University degrees that can teach you in a lot more depth than one article on my blog.  That being said, I remember when I first started out, it was one thing knowing the science and another thing entirely being able to put my knowledge into clear words when in an interview situation or even general conversation with more experienced coaches who I respected and looked up to.  So the first exercise is to help you with this:

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If you want to be a top level S&C Coach, you need to act now!

I’m publishing this week’s post a little early due to some fast approaching deadlines!  I promise next week’s article will contain a discussion on practical application of S&C in high performance sport.  As we’re already half way through February, this post serves as a reminder of the article I wrote a few weeks ago on the importance of EXPERIENCE and to say that NOW really is the time to get applying for internships and work experience!  Most internships in the UK aren’t advertised because they get so many applicants anyway.  I know professional football and rugby clubs will already be thinking about next season.  Before I give a few more tips to help you with your applications, I want to highlight a few more upcoming opportunities that will really aid your development.

 

These are the last few days to sign up for Brendan Chaplin’s Online Strength & Conditioning Conference in May at the discounted price.  I honestly believe this is one of the best learning opportunities of the year for anyone who works in sport or is interested in health & fitness.  The best thing about this conference is that you can access it anywhere in the world and even if you’re busy at the time, you receive a copy of all the presentations to keep and watch whenever you want.  Last year I was away in Cape Town, but still managed to participate in online discussions during some presentations and watched the rest when I returned to the UK.  The fact that this conference is online also means that you get a huge line up of awesome coaches presenting at extremely great value for money.  I’ve put a list of the presenters and their presentations at the bottom of this article and you can click on the picture above for a link to sign up now.  I shouldn’t have to say much more, the content sells itself.

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5 Essential Books that aren’t on your University reading list:

If you’re going to be successful in life then you need to be committed to CPD, continued PERSONAL development.  Yes I intended to say personal instead of professional.  I believe you make your own luck in this world; if you’re committed to being the best person you can be, you will reap the rewards.  I have previously talked about the importance of gaining experience in developing as a coach coupled with the knowledge to support your practice here.  However they are not the only skills you need to be successful.  You must set goals, be efficient with your time, be great at making friends and understand how people work as human beings as well as the impacts your actions have on others.  This article contains a list of 5 books that I believe are essential reading material not only for S&C coaches, but for anyone who wants to be successful.  I know there are many more significant books out there and indeed in my own library, these are just the ones, which I feel hold the most value.

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A redirection on getting a job in high performance sport

I’m happy to admit that I don’t know everything and there are plenty of coaches in the world who know more than me.  This week I am redirecting you to two very good articles from guys who have worked their way to the top of the industry.  Combined, they’ve interviewed and hired a huge number of coaches so you can safely assume they know what they’re talking about.  If you’re keeping an eye out on sites such as UK Sport at the moment, you should start to notice some good opportunities come up around this time of year.  Most sport clubs/organisations will already be starting to plan for next season.

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Personal Training for S&C coaches – get off your high horse!

I don’t like to judge a book by its cover but generally personal trainers aren’t exactly held in high regard by S&C coaches for good reason.  A large number aren’t skilled enough to look after peoples’ health, I’ve personally seen far too many shocking examples of incompetence and PTs need barely any qualifications to work in a poorly governed fitness industry which is mostly motivated by gimmicks and money.

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Ok, rant over, now for some productive chat….

The above being said, I do know some great personal trainers and I’m sure there are many more out there.  This post isn’t about personal trainers because as much as I’d love to continue my rant, I honestly try my best to NEVER CRITICISE.  This post is about how S&C coaches who want to work with elite athletes can earn more money and gain valuable experience in coaching movement and fitness through working with the general public.

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Task #1 Get More Experience.

This post is aimed at those who are working towards a career in athletic preparation, thus are either fresh out of college, at or just finished university or even older and have realised their true calling in life.  However, no matter what stage you’re at, you can never have too much experience.  Also a lot of S&C coaches will start with part time roles, so if you think you’d benefit from filling your spare time with more coaching hours (who wouldn’t?) this could be for you.  Regardless of your situation, if you want a job in professional sport it always pays to have more experience.

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The Internship

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I’ve had this idea for over a year now and it’s about time I made it a reality.  Originally I was going to build a website specifically for the task, but as its not as important as my paid job and my workload is forever increasing, in the words of Seth Godin I just need to get on and “ship”.

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