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.
- 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
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
This is an open letter to everyone who’s been listening to The World-Class Coaching Podcast.
So far I’ve had some great feedback, some helpful constructive criticism and one fairly amusing troll on YouTube (I know who you are!).
Tim Pelot is a Senior Physiologist/S&C Coach for the US Olympic Committee. In what I personally found a really interesting interview, Tim exposes how little I know about volleyball and gives fantastic insight into the US Olympic volleyball programme, including how this might differ between positions and between beach vs indoor versions of the sport. We also delved further into the growth mindset concept and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. In the later sections I review Jon Gordon’s The Energy Bus and round up current job opportunities.
Michael Main leads the S&C programme for Sri Lanka Cricket. In this episode Michael delves into his philosophies on S&C in Cricket and how working with the Sri Lankan national team has been a completely different challenge to when he lead the S&C programme for Hampshire cricket. He also discusses how he applies some of Frans Bosch’s methods into his programme. Then I’ve reviewed the work of Carol Dweck in her book “Mindset” and in a slightly different trend to normal, give my go-to sources for all job and internship opportunities.
Pete McKnight is now Director of sport science and coaching for HINTSA Performance, as well as chairman of the UKSCA. Pete discusses how he’s enjoying his new role, what this involves on a daily basis and we get to have a good discussion about S&C in Alpine Skiing, cultural challenges, logistical challenges, his approach to strength training through the winter as well as ACL risk in skiing and what that means for the S&C coach. Later on I discuss a really interesting TED Talk from Amy Cuddy and as always round up CPD & job opportunities.
Alex Wolf: Head of S&C for the EIS. There is so much valuable content in this episode for all S&C coaches I can’t recommend it enough! Alex talks about how his philosophies have evolved over the years and how the structure of the EIS has evolved. He talks about his most valuable lessons from leading the S&C for British Rowing as well as discussing his problem-solving framework, which he unfortunately couldn’t present at this year’s UKSCA conference. He also talks about what he and the EIS look for when they hire S&C coaches. Later on I review a great article by John Kiely on periodization and as always round up available jobs and CPD.
Rich Blagrove, Leader of the Undergraduate programme in Strength & Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University, discusses strength training for endurance running as well as considerations for concurrent training methods in all sports and some of his latest research. I also review David Epstein’s brilliant book The Sports Gene and give a heads up to various CPD, intern and job opportunities that are out there at the moment. Continue reading
I’ve been writing this post on and off for ages now and I’ve decided to scrap everything I’d written (I’ll post it in a 3rd additional part) and be honest. Or at least tell you my latest revelation! This wasn’t intentional but I’ve recently come to the realisation that the hardest part of my job is me. There are several sub components but it all boils down to who I am.
This third episode features an interview with Chris Bishop, as well as discusses the final chapter of High Performance Training for Sports on recovery methods and as always gives an up to date list of current CPD and job opportunities. Continue reading