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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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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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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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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.

Ingredient:humus

  • 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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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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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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