WOW what a review! 3 Day Coach Development Programme going crazy!!
One of the attendees at the recent 3 Day Accelerated Coach Development Programme has just sent me his review of the weekend.
It’s too long to put the whole thing on this site but It’s a really great overview of the course from someone unbiased and who has gone through the most recent programme.
This programme was actually the best yet, with myself and the rest of the coach presenter team making a few tweaks to make the delivery even better.
Check out the full review at STRATTON PERFORMANCE 3 DAY COACH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME REVIEW.
I keep saying it but I honestly don’t think there is anything at this level and intensity of learning out there in the UK. If you want to be an S&C coach or continue developing as an S&C coach this is a fantastic 3 days. It’s even a level 3 coaching qualification on completion which makes it even better value for money!
For those of you in the Essex area check out Darrens sessions. Darren is one of my mentorship students on the 12 month programme and has developed beyond belief this last few months.
Anyway here’s the review of day 3 of the course.
The final day started off with a real highlight of the Course, the session with Tom Whittaker who has been busy working with GB Weightlifting and GB Diving. Tom explained the way he works with Tamas and the physio when their weightlifters have any injuries or certain movement issues are highlighted. It was nice to hear about this integrated approach, where Tom likes to sit in with the physio so they can agree exactly what the issue is likely to be so that he can then recommend a plan of action to Tamas. Tom takes a holistic approach and openly takes anything that works well and keeps his athletes safe and functional at their best. It was good to hear that both Tom and I are big fans of Kelly Starrett and his Mobility WOD project, which further endorsed that I’m on the right track with what I’m doing and the information I’m sharing with you all. We all really enjoyed the session, with most of us walking out having been fixed a little by Tom; my non-existent internal hip rotation issues were greatly improved and I picked up some really valuable bits regarding common issues with scapula movement that can be monitored.
After a short lunch break we met up again in the weightlifting centre to kick off another great session focussing on Programming of Hypertrophy, Strength and Power with Brendan taking us through lots of theory and interesting research studies. We then split into three groups to focus on a plan each that was discussed and written up in detail and then presented to Brendan and our peers. I worked on the Strength session for a Fighter, which focussed on some supersets and was structured towards maximal strength. The programme design got some good feedback from Brendan and the guys, after which Brendan then gave us some alternative ideas, how we might be able to better group exercises to make better use of time; he was always able to provide valuable insight. I think every session that Brendan discussed always resulted in a ‘oh yes, that would be a better way’ type moment in my little brain!
We then ran through trying out some work capacity sessions that Brendan has been using with great effect with his athletes. These soon got the blood flowing and warmed us all up! We also ran through structuring warms ups, utilising barbell complexes and some mobility stuff too. Quite a jam-packed session this one!
We finished up the day with a re-cap of all that we had managed to cover during the 3 days and all stood there rather pleased with ourselves in what we had just achieved!
For those who already know Brendan, you’ll be aware that he is very level-headed and a very able coach who can make rather complicated principles seem stupidly simple. There is definitely no ego to Brendan and he is always open to ideas that differ to his own and looking to better himself and puts a lot into making these workshops a success.
I have to say that every coach that spent time with us was exactly the same; despite them all having coached elite athletes with a smattering of world-class medals between them all, they were all humble, open, friendly and approachable.
I had recently been starting to work with a couple of athletes that have been taught to Olympic lift quite badly, which has really cut short their triple extension by programming some bad movement patterns. I ran this past all the coaches and mentioned my ideas around how to resolve this through regression of cleans back to some high pulls; they endorsed my ideas and also suggested some other exercises that I can supplement to help them fulfill their potential on the track & field. You really do get the chance to pick their immense ‘Mekon like’ brains.
This course really did live up to its ‘accelerated’ name with the sheer amount I have taken from it; I think on reflection the key thing that we were all left feeling was that we couldn’t believe what fantastic value for money the course was.
It was always going to be great as far as content and hands on experience, but when I look back and think about how I’ve often paid over £100 in the past for a basic several hour 1st aid course, or a nutrition basics course, the sheer amount you’ll cover and the absolute quality of it all makes this an offer you’d be crazy to not take up if there are any place left for the next one.
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I won’t lie to you, it will require concentration and effort to get through such a lot of ground in 3 intense days, but if you are reading this, you’ll likely have such a love and passion for S&C like me, you won’t be able to get enough of it!
I imagine that if you sign up for the next one, you’ll looking back like me, reminiscing on what a great time you had and still pinching yourself to how quickly this programme enabled you develop so much as a coach.
The next 3 Day Accelerated Coach Development Course is the 14/15/16 June this year. Be there.