Critique your Technique
How often do you actually get the opportunity to get feedback on your own technique? If you’re a coach, chances are you’ll be giving feedback all the time to your athletes and squeezing in sessions as and when. If you’re an athlete and are lucky enough to be involved in a strength and conditioning programme, lucky you! What about those of you who train hard but it’s at a local gym with so many different kinds of feedback its hard to know who to trust!
I know personally that it’s a struggle. I lift weights at least 3 times per week and usually more. I try to train with a partner so that I can get feedback on my lifting as well as support through the sessions, but I’d say that at least half my sessions are on my own meaning no feedback occurs.
The value of a coach giving feedback on your lifting can really improve your performance gains. It can be the difference from just training and actually getting awesome results using the right muscles and the correct movement patterns.
For the coaches out there I have been using cricket coach HD app to record my athletes on my IPAD. You can get the app on the Iphone as well. It has really improved the feedback we can give athletes in a big way as the app is so damn easy to use and gives INSTANT FEEDBACK without having to link it to a laptop and mess around with uploading from a camera! You can sync it with other videos showing how you actually want the lift to be performed, draw and annotate each clip showing the body angles etc, but more than anything the athletes can actually see themselves lifting in slow motion which gives them a better understanding of what we coaches want from them.
Although this is a good thing, you do have to be aware when to give feedback and when to withhold information. Very often, less is more when it comes to instruction and working on perhaps one or maybe two points at a time is the way forward. It’s no good bombarding athletes with 5 or 6 things to think about. It’s too much information and it all goes to s**t! Another key point is making sure your feedback is going to solve the issue, not just identify it. What’s the point in saying “your back is rounding” when the athlete lifts from the floor, it won’t solve the problem. “Chest out” or “shoulders back” would be better to combat this. As coaches it’s always good to reflect on the instructions we are using to see if we can improve them. There’s rarely a right or wrong with it though as all athletes respond in different ways. It’s more about being better for certain athletes.
That feedback is exactly what you can access through the online strength and fitness programme and support forum that is launching on Saturday 12th November. As well as all the benefits shown in this newsletter including a monthly 2,3, or 4 day programme, a video library of all the exercises and nutritional lessons and tips each month, you will have the option to upload a video of your exercise technique and have myself or one of our experts critique your lifting so you get that all important feedback.
I’m really pleased with this programme, but not because I think its going to bring in loads of money. On the contrary, it feels good to offer people access to quality programming at a really good price, and help people to actually train smart and achieve the results they really want!
I hope you will head over and check out the forum when it is launched.
Here’s is what one of my clients has to say about the programme:
“Since training with Brendan I have experienced not just a ruthless stripping of fat and the development of visible and useful muscle, but also the drive to continually improve. Within a very short time the instruction Brendan provides has translated into a new-found confidence to push my own boundaries and a greater appreciation for the human body as the machine it can be.
His work comes highly recommended, with a superb level of satisfaction.”
Andrew Cameron, Computer Programmer and Powerlifter
That’s all for today,
Have a top week!