Oprah once said “do not think you can be brave with your life and your work and never disappoint anyone. It doesn't work that way." That changed how I work, play, and approach life forever.
What’s your favourite quote, and why?
Strength & Conditioning Coach. Performance Coach. Athletics Coach. Fitness Coach. Physical Preparation Coach. Speed Coach. Performance Specialist. The name doesn’t matter; we all have the same goal (helping athletes) with many paths to get there (and yes, some are better than others).
TW: mental health/suicide
“Priming” is an umbrella term for “raising hormone levels, activating the central nervous system, warming up the muscular system, and generally waking up the body within 24 hours of performance” (in its most simple definition).
Development is actually not at all about the seminars, the schooling, the amount of alphabet soup on the back of your name when you send an email. It’s not about the number of years you’ve coached, at which level, and which CEUs you last took. It’s how we communicate with athletes, work to earn their trust, adapt to their needs, and care about them.
Higher MSS and bigger ASRs save energy and buy tempo. Conditioning is vital, but the team who can run moderately fast for 90’ will get absolutely annihilated by a team who can keep a submaximal sprint for 90’. Every time. It’s speed science!
Several months ago, I was asked to contribute to an amazing project by my friends and colleagues at Convos With Coaches called “Dear Her”; they planned to assemble and publish a series of letters from female strength coaches and distribute it to young athletes. A brilliant idea, I thought.
The topics were general; mindset, goal-setting, performance, work ethic, and more. They were all things that we address daily while coaching or consulting with athletes, with the overarching theme being “the journey to Greatness”.