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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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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 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.

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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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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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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