Better Coaching # 1: Dinosaurs VS Cockroaches!
What better time than now to launch this series on improving our coaching and getting the most from your athletes and clients.
We all know its not a matter of just sets and reps but actually getting the results in your training programmes. So I thought I’d share a few things that I believe, and try to apply in my coaching.
I’d imagine this will go into specific exercise coaching as well as philosophy of coaching but bear with me,
But who knows at this stage…..
If there is anything specific you want to see covered just let me know by leaving a comment below!
Anyway, the title of the blog is dinosaurs versus cockroaches
Anyone got any ideas on this?
If you came to Vern Gambettas workshop you’ll know what I’m talking about.
What’s the difference between the two?
Dinosaurs are a great example of a species that was adapted to their environment. They ruled the jurrasic era, they truly were top of the tree.
But where are they now?
Gone! I won’t propose a theory on why but essentially the conditions changed and they simply did not (or could not) adapt to their environment.
Cockroaches on the other hand…..
Now these things have been around for millions of years.
They live anywhere and everywhere from cold wet sewers to arid, Barron deserts. They aren’t anything glamorous and sexy like tigers and lions but they know how to survive!
Which one would you rather be as an athlete?
Well while it might be great to be a superstar, super freak of an athlete you better make sure you’re an adaptable to go with it otherwise If something changes in the field of play you’re done for!
How do we develop this type of individual?
Expose them to as many different stimulus as you can…..
Change the rules from time to time in training, don’t just stick to the same stuff, the same variations in your programmes (we’re all guilty of doing what we like!)…..
Have structure but deviate from it from time to time…..
As Kelvin Giles says, give them a huge reservoir of movement fundamentals to fall back on, so they know how to solve problems.
Balance, coordination, movement skills, strength, decision making, problem solving, mobility, flexibility. All these and more need to be in this foundational programme and are more fitting than max strength, power endurance, starting strength, prehab, core etc etc…..
This is how to get the best from your athletes and clients in the field of play,
Think end goal not numbers in the gym,
Think adaptable not adapted.
Thanks Vern Gambetta for this metaphor.