Category Archives: Psychology

Notes from a Lion…

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending an in-house session with Phil Pask with the University of Bedfordshire. Phil is world renowned physio who has been working with the England rugby union team for 17 years and travelled on the … Continue reading

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The Warm-Up – My ‘Systems Approach’

Inspired by Dan John’s ‘A Systems Approach to Coaching’ seminar – which is fantastic by the way – I thought it time to reflect on some of my own systems and approaches to training and coaching. Where better to start … Continue reading

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The ‘Record Board’ Approach

When the priority is to improve strength I take one of two approaches: Prioritise training density Prioritise maximal training load Here’s how they differ… The ‘Rep Zone’ approach I’ve written previously about the ‘Rep Zone Concept’ – this is a … Continue reading

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When You Say Nothing At All…

Ronan Keating had a bloody good point, sometimes we need to learn to shut up and let everything else do the talking. Maybe doing just that could make your coaching a lot more effective. Rule 1 – Do my words … Continue reading

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When Not To Coach (Part Two)

There are some things you have to learn on the job when it comes to coaching, knowing when to correct and when to step back is definitely one of them. In the first part of this double header I introduced … Continue reading

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When Not To Coach (Part One)

Athletes aren’t robots. As it’s highly unlikely that an athlete will be able to perform every movement to the exact coaching model we have in our minds, it’s therefore inevitable that we’ll see flaws and inefficiencies in technique on a … Continue reading

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The ‘Rep Zone’ Concept

Inspired by Dan Cleather’s article in the latest issue of the UKSCA journal, this article looks at how I apply a concept I call ‘Rep Zone’ training with some of my more experienced athletes. Classifying training In case you haven’t … Continue reading

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Partner Training (…and My Top 5 Partner Exercises)

I’ve had this article on the ideas pile for a while now but when I saw George North pick up Isreal Falou like a gold, Quantas sponsored sandbag I knew it was time to bring this piece to fruition. Enter … Continue reading

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Break Them Down To Build Them Up?

The perceived importance of ‘movement quality’ has exploded over the last few years, but how do we judge movement quality? Do we really know what we’re looking at? Movement screening The increasing emphasis on movement quality has led to an … Continue reading

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10 Mistakes I’ve Made As An S&C Coach (Part Two)

Missed the first part of my 10 mistakes series? You’d better catch up here then! Today we’re moving through 5 more of the mistakes I’ve made so far during my S&C career. Assume the coach knows how important we are … Continue reading

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