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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.
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.
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.
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!
Everybody knows how to coach a push-up, right? I would argue that IFAST coaches the push-up differently than most of the fitness industry, and in this clip, you’ll see exactly how I set up and coach it.
You’ll also get a peek into some of the humorous cues that I use with push-ups (poison daggers, Ebola-laced needles, and Michael Jackson all make an appearance). If you work with any general population clients, funny cues are very helpful in building rapport, so I hope you try these out!
The split squat is an excellent exercise, but many of my clients don’t have the stability or control to do them properly at first. In this video, I’ll show you a simple regression that helps 90% of my clients get it right on their first day in the gym, even for many of my less coordinated clients.
The quickest way to get out of training is to look at it mechanically.
Coaching is emotional. If you deny that, you miss out on the most motivating things that happen.
I like to look at coaching as a form of teaching. How can I teach this person something new? What do they need to learn today?
I love accidentally stumbling into good training methods. This month I tell you about my most recent happy accident: a group training method that cuts my work down AND engages my clients.
Build autonomy. Teach them to take control of their lives. Show them that they CAN, in fact, write a workout.
Pitching is so strenuous on shoulders. As strength and conditioning coaches, our exercise selection needs to be dialed in if we’re going to help these athletes recover from their grueling play schedule.
Here are two common ways to help stabilize the pitcher’s shoulder.
(And the dirty little secret is that it works for everyone else who needs it, too!)
To read more about PNF, pick up “PNF in Practice” by Adler, Beckers, & Buck.
My fellow IFASTU coach Lance and I noticed that the Thrower’s Ten list of exercises for shoulder health were lacking some key pieces, so we put together the NEW Thrower’s Ten (free to download).
In this post, I talk about how I failed to get the most out of my first 3 years at IFAST, because I didn’t have a concrete learning strategy.
To help you get the most out of IFAST University, I’ll walk you through two simple steps that will greatly enhance your retention. I’ll also give you a list of helpful resources to help you learn how to learn better.