The answers are in the language we speak…
In a sense, my trade as a performance coach is helping people to get better at getting better.
Through education, through coachig, through learning by doing, and exploring.
I’m pretty clear in my personal mission. To make things happen that facilitate the development of others. To continue my own learning so that I can continue to add value.
One thing that I feel strongly about is communication of movement.
We are very good at giving instructions.
Very good at showing techniques.
Very good at telling people what to do.
But performance is not about doing what you’ve been told all the time.
You have to make decisions.
There is a demnd for you to think freely.
We are in a chaotic environment.
Telling people the answers doesn’t transfer well when we put it into context does it?
Sure there are times when we need to teach people how to life properly and most athletes will perform squats, deadlifts, presses and pulls in their programmes.
But the language you use can change a lot and help with the transfer of training.
Instead of telling try encouraging exploration.
Instead of correcting faults think about learning by exploring other alternatives.
Instead of simply giving information think about stimulating thought and facilitating development in your athletes and clients.
Try asking more questions
Try to provoke thought.
Try to challenge and force decisions from your athletes based on judgements they need to make.
Finally, if in doubt say less not more.
The body responds well on its own and if the movement challenge is well suited it doesnt always need to have any prompting.
Let’s facilitate development, let’s accelerate learning.
Thanks as always,
PS I would like to draw your attention to some learning opportunities for you that are coming up rapidly.
For a superb collection on Speed Training that will make you an authority on the subject of athletic development click HERE.
To learn about all things POWER releated over 2 days from Dan Baker click HERE.
Here’s the list of level 1, 2 and 3 courses running around the country for those of you;looking to get qualified as a strength and conditioning coach:
Level 1 Leeds June 7th and 8th
Level 2 Leeds June 14/15th.
Level 2 Gosling (London) May 31st/June 1st
Level 2 Charlton (London) May 17/18th (early bird expired on the 15th but we will keep it open for you till end of the month.
Level 3 ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT course. Leeds September 5th-7th.