A day in the life…..
Here’s a post by Ian Fisher, one of the assistant S&C coaches at Leeds Met. ‘Fish’ as we like to refer to him, is a great coach who is a product of the intern programme having been working in the gym for around 3 years now. We are lucky to have him.
A day as a Leeds Met S&C coach
Mon 7th November
My week starts with a 7am bootcamp. This is an external project by www.bootcampleeds.co.uk for general public that I teach on. It’s a tough start to a Monday doing burpees at 7.15am but the regular crowd are in and give it a good go. This is day one of a four week camp so early starts for me every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a month. It was a good session, partner work doing bodyweight exercises for half an hour followed by a killer of a leg finisher incorporating squats, lunges, jump squats and more!
8am is hockey conditioning with Leeds Met Mens and Womens Hockey 1s and 2s. We do some plyometrics followed by lots of metabolic conditioning. I have been using a Tabata format this year, 4 minute blocks of 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest using a combination of movement drills, bodyweight exercises and some core mixed in. It gets them working pretty hard and I find it is an easy way to manage and motivate such a big group.
The next bit of work is screening one of the TASS athletes, a ladies rugby player. It is great to work with these young aspiring athletes, so I take her through a basic screen using gym based movements to see how she moves. This is an area that I want to improve on, as having a good eye for what is happening around all major joints takes practise and skill. I am doing some CPD in a couple of weeks at a workshop led by Kelvin Giles. Kelvin can probably be classed as world leader in movement screenings and athletic development, and has a CV to make you gulp. It will be a great opportunity to learn from the best and do a bit of networking with other S&C bods, so something to look forward to.
Brendan is putting on this day, which I think is now full but keep your eye on his education page for this and future CPD events.
Just time to bang out some intervals on the treadmill before high performance badminton at 1…… Gonna hurt!!
10 x 25 seconds @ 20kph & 2% incline with 35 seconds rest
12 x 40 seconds on 20 seconds off @ 12kph x 4, 14kph x 4, 15kph x 4 & 8 % incline
Really tough session
High performance badminton session next, and a snow boarder I have been working with is in that session too. There are some international level athletes in this group to work with, who get some really good stuff done, and they are a strong bunch. I assist with this session and Brendan writes all the programmes which are great and I like to bouncing ideas about how they could work, be regressed or adapted for sports I work with. Dom, the snowboarder is a couple of weeks off leaving for America for the winter so I have thrown in a couple of new exercises,(mainly explosive power exercises adapted from Bren’s badminton programme) to keep his max strength and power programme moving forward. Dom has trained hard during summer right up until now and has made some good progress in strength.
Last session of today is with the MCCU cricketers. This is a really interesting session for me given my background, and I have put together their programme up until Christmas. One of the best things about working around a guy with as much experience as Brendan is that you can always check things before you put athletes through it. Having somebody say, why have you put that exercise there, and why not do it like this?, or have you thought of this, really helps you put together a thoughtful and well structured programme.
Getting 28 athletes through the gym is not an easy task and with the help of Bren and another intern Josh the session goes to plan. A power combo to start and 3 supersets designed to increase general strength, work capacity and movement quality in this first phase. The MCCU lads worked through the session exactly how you would like from a large group. They came in, warmed up, worked hard, and pushed themselves throughout. The chance to play against first class counties during next summer is great shop window, and genuine opportunity to be picked up and become a professional so this attitude and commitment is demanded and expected.
So there you go, a typical day… 5/6 hours of hands on coaching and a movement screening.
A really good insight there from Ian.
If you like the sound of this you should think about applying for our internship programme. Next year there are more starting including a couple of new options. I will be doing a 4 day Accelerated Development week in May which will cover everything an S&C coach needs to practice in an intensive manner and will feature several guest presenters from different areas of expertise (including myself). We will also be running a 9 month internship starting in September 2012 which will provide workshops and education as well as incorporating the UKSCA workshops and accreditation. It’s geared to those of you who want the experience and feel ready to complete the UKSCA accreditation in that year. On top of this will be the standard highly successful intern programme which is becoming more and more popular every year.
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