4 principles for planning progression…

Progressive overload is one of the key principles of strength and conditioning programmes..

Recently, I was contacted by another strength and conditioning coach specializing in youth athletes – Stephen Walsh. We then entered into a very useful discussion regarding when and how to progress individual exercises within S&C programs for young athletes. I thought this scenario is probably not isolated to only the two of us and may warrant further discussion!
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11 Rings – March Book Review

Phil Jackson was a highly sought after coach in his NBA career. Coach of the globally renowned Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era

When you get the opportunity to read directly from one of the greatest coaches in NBA history…it’s probably a good idea to get stuck in!


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The obstacle is the way – November Book Review

I found this book hugely beneficial – so much so I read it twice!

November’s book has been one that popped up on my radar several times before I committed to reading it. I have to say I wish I read it earlier. After recommending it to a friend of mine he said, “Rob, I’m going to put it out there, Obstacle is the way is one of the best books I’ve ever read.” I have to say I probably agree…

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Athletic 8: Goblet Squat

In this installment, we introduce squatting to our young athletes!

Continuing with the Athletic 8 series, here is an exercise I use regularly with both junior and adult athletes to teach good squatting mechanics! It’s a really simple way to teach for technical coaches to teach proper foot, knee and torso position in squatting which can be built upon for proper jumping and landing too!

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The Athletic 8: Glute Bridge

The second part of our Athletic 8 series focusses on a great glute activation and core stability exercise…

The second installment of our “Athletic 8” series this week is the Glute Bridge, a great exercise to teach hip control and glute activation in young athletes.

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The Athletic 8: The Inchworm

The first installment of our new video series “The Athletic 8″…

Introducing a new feature, “The Athletic 8”. In this 8 part series, we will be presenting a number of easy to implement exercises or drills, that require little to no equipment that youth sport coaches can utilise with their athletes to improve athletic development by developing mobility, strength and motor control.

These exercises will be largely bodyweight-based, meaning they are suitable for any age of athlete and can be implemented as part of a warm up to training sessions or competition. The exercises are not designed to be sport-specific, rather to introduce athletes to a wider variety of motor skills necessary for their holistic development.

The first installment of the “Athletic 8” is a mobility exercise known as “The Inchworm”. Please watch the video below to find out more! Please do comment to let us know how you fared implementing this with your athletes! To stay up to date with the Athletic 8 series, please like us on Facebook.

The Female Athlete Triad (Guest Post – Andy Bruce)

A guest post by Andy Bruce of ACB Coaching.

For this post, we invited Andy Bruce of ACB Coaching, a strength and conditioning coach specialising in eating disorders to write about a particularly pertinent topic in female athletes – The Female Athlete Triad.

After a recent discussion on a Youth S&C Coaches facebook page, I was contacted by Rob asking if I would like to write a guest post for coaches to raise awareness of the Female Athlete Triad. Since the Female Athlete Triad is considered a condition that can have adverse and long term effects on both the health and performance of an individual, athletic coaches who work with this population have a both a professional and ethical obligation to understand what the Female Athlete Triad is, how to recognise it, and what to do about it if they suspect it.
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