Coaching Tips: Six updates for 2016 to take your coaching and training to the next level

Six Updates for 2016

Many of you have been following my work for years now.

So what am I going to give you that’s new? Or different? Or in any way, shape or form, exciting?

Well if you’re anything like me, you realize that you can always get better at the basics.

As such, this month I’ve got six updates of topics that I’ve discussed in depth before, along with how I’m doing things better nowadays.

Here are the six:

  1. Coaching Everyone in 90-90.
  2. Feeling the Whole Foot.
  3. Anterior Loading.
  4. How Much Strength Training?
  5. Squat Patterning.
  6. Rib Rotation and Exhalation.

Plus, you get to see my amazing iMovie skills in action – enjoy!

Mistakes I've Made: Not Taking a Client's Goals Seriously

Mistakes I’ve Made: Not Taking a Client’s Goals Seriously

Have you ever had a client cry during a session because of something you did or said?

It’s a terrible feeling.

In this installment of Mistakes I’ve Made, I’ll tell you about how well-meaning words of reassurance can sometimes be the worst thing to say to a client, and what this means for gaining your athletes’ trust as a coach.

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Case Study

The realization training block is arguably one of the most difficult to craft.

Not only do you need to have your athletes fast, strong, powerful and well-conditioned, but perhaps most importantly, you want them to be fresh as well!

In this video I outline my realization training block for the Indy 11 soccer players, and give insight as to not only the big rocks you need to focus on, but how to work all the various pieces into one cohesive program.

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Book Report: Don't Shoot the Dog

Book Report: Don’t Shoot the Dog

Have you ever coached athletes who are afraid to make mistakes?

Or who make the same mistakes over and over?

Or who seem not to be able to make progress, no matter what you do?

In this book report, I review Karen Pryor’s “Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training”, a book that shows you an animal trainer’s perspective on learning and training. I’ll summarize for you some of the most helpful parts of the book, and leave with you a few big takeaways.

If you coach athletes, or have children, or interact with human beings, this is a book for you.

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High School Football Case Study

This month, I’m excited to share a case study of a high school football player. From our first meeting up until today, this presentation will detail everything I’ve done with him to teach him to control his bodyweight and increase his squat depth. He even came back one day after a couple weeks of training with us and told me his front squat weights shot up. He was ecstatic. Hence why I’m excited to share.

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Coaching and Cuing: How are you coaching and collecting feedback?

Coaching and Cuing

In this month’s keystone video, I’ll show you the exact same in-service we give our interns when they first come to IFAST, to get them up to speed on how we want them to coach our clients.

The presentation is designed to get you thinking about some seemingly basic principles for good coaching and cuing. I say “seemingly” basic because I break these rules all the time! Sometimes I have a good reason for doing so, but sometimes it’s just carelessness on my part. So let’s talk about some principles for good cuing, demonstrating, coaching, and feedback.

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Case Study: Heart Rate Recovery

Here’s a case study of a female client in her late 30s, early 40s who seems very fit, but has some issues with heart rate recovery. Bill did a nice introduction on this if you’ve already seen it on his Facebook page for IFAST Physical Therapy, and we go into it in a lot more depth here.

This was a big lightbulb moment that only seemed obvious in retrospect, so I hope you find this as fascinating as I do!

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Breathing Mistakes

For all the emphasis we place on breathing, I sure have been coaching it wrong for a long time. This month I take you through a subtle compensation that our clients do to make breathing drills ineffective. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.

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