Everyday I get emails and calls from coaches, athletes and parents looking for the secret to success. They get really disappointed when I tell them the truth. That is that there is no secret training set, no miracle powders, no super-supplements, no NASA developed training equipment – nothing – that guarantees sporting success except commitment. Giving 100% of your time, energy, resources, drive, enthusiasm and passion to the achievement of your sporting goal is the only real non negotiable in sport if winning is your aim. This article discusses commitment and challenges coaches and athletes to challenge themselves about where they fit on the Commitment Continuum.
green apples on a pyramid shape – be different from Crestock Creative Images So Great Britain has an outstanding high performance sports system. Australia had one a few years ago…and they hope to have it again. The “Eastern Block” had some brilliant high performance sports systems – systems which influenced the development of high performance [...]
Bright sphere with smile in row of grey boxes from Crestock Creative Images Quick. Write down your own list of the top ten skills of quality coaching. What does it look like? Something like this? Communication skills; Passion; Empathy with athletes; The ability to engage with athletes and inspire athletes to fully engage with the [...]
This “10000 hours to build a champion athlete” stuff seems to have popped up in a lot of places recently. Just goes to show how many people in the world can write stuff about sport without knowing anything about it. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Tweet
In part one of this post we discussed the possibility of Coaching Without Periodisation. In part two we will look at an alternate way of working with athletes and helping each individual you coach to realise their full potential and achieve their training and performance goals. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Tweet
Positive Drug Tests in sport. What sort of idiot trains hard for months or even years then: Takes performance enhancing or social drugs before, during or after competition? Takes performance enhancing or social drugs at any time? That’s just it: they are idiots. Well most of them are anyway. Some are misguided. Some are lazy. Some just [...]
Coach education, as we know it, has failed. There is a shortage of quality coaches in all sports and in every nation. Yet, at the same time, governments and sporting organisations are throwing piles of money at sport participation programs in an effort to battle some of society’s biggest problems, i.e. obesity and the health problems associated with inactivity. The key to success is to gain, train and retain quality coaches: coaches who know and understand the needs of their “clients” (i.e. athletes and their families) and who as the “front-line” of sport are equipped to deliver a “client focussed approach” to sports participation and performance.
Message to the Sports Science community – are you kidding? Altitude training? I thought the old approach to altitude training was done and dusted but to my amazement, nations continue to invest in one of the most questionable sports performance ”enhancement” methodologies in the business. You can’t be serious! Republished by Blog Post Promoter Tweet
It’s all the same. All over the world, in every sport, when coaches write training workouts they think in terms of the big three physiological variables only: volume, intensity and frequency (how much, how hard, how often). But what if there was another way? What if instead of writing training sessions based on the physical aspects of performance, coaches and athletes built their training sessions and programming around the mental side of performance. This article challenges coaches and athletes to look at putting physiology last when they design and deliver training sessions and to think about what might happen if they looked at things differently.
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- A Piece of String is Twice as Long as it is from one end to the middle. July 11, 2012
- Coaching without Periodisation November 15, 2012
- Five World Wide Trends in Sport which you ignore at your peril. November 15, 2012
- Sports Coaching in 2030 – Future (coach) Shock – Where will Sports Coaching be in 2030? January 5, 2012
- The Biggest Question in Coaching: How do I get this generation of athletes to work hard? January 30, 2011
- The Commitment Continuum. April 4, 2013
- High Performance Sports Systems – The Non System System. March 27, 2013
- Creative Coaching: Teaching coaches to be Creative and Innovative. March 27, 2013
- 10000 hours to make a champion??? What rubbish! March 27, 2013
- Coaching without Periodisation – Part Two March 27, 2013
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