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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Ask the Expert – Andy Woodward (Barnard Castle School)

Andy is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Barnard Castle School and PEP Sports weeks performance sports camps, as well as the Throws and Speed Coach at Darlington Harriers Athletics Club.

Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience).

Main sports were Track and Field, Rugby Union and Volleyball.  Represented Royal Air Force on the track in both the 100m and 200m in the 1990’s.  I hold a BA(Hons) in Sports Studies and PE from York St John Uni and an MSc in S&C from Teesside Uni.  I am a UK Atheltics Level 3 Performance Coach in Throws and Level 2 Speed and Jumps.
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Ask the Expert: Johnny Harris-Wright (Bristol Rugby)

  1. Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)

I have played rugby most of my life and was lucky enough to play representative rugby in New Zealand and in Ireland at school boy and college level for my home province of Leinster. My most relevant qualifications would be my Undergraduate Degree in Strength and Conditioning and I am about to complete a Masters Degree in Sport Rehabilitation. I also have other qualifications such as diplomas in Sports Nutrition and Sports Therapy.
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Ditch the running! How to make your players fit without them realizing!

How to get your teamsport athletes fitter, without running!

This post is one of our most popular on the site, receiving over 1000 views in it’s first week of release…

It’s that time of the year in the UK when team sports like football, rugby, hockey and others will return to pre-season training. Often this means a lot of running to get players fit for the upcoming season… not something the players themselves are always engaged in. But could there be a better way? Is it possible to get your players engaged and fitter without them realizing? The answer is yes…
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Ask the Expert – Jake Schuster (Well Travelled Wellness)

Jake Schuster is a Phd Researcher specializing in Speed Development working with the New Zealand Rugby Union. He also runs Well Travelled Wellness.

  1.  Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)

I’m 26, was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and idolize Tom Brady as much as the next obnoxious “chowderhead”. Personally I was a high school standout in Wrestling and Lacrosse, but was not quite big or fast enough to compete above a Division III NCAA level. I completed my Bachelors in Exercise Science with Minors in Sport Coaching, Nutrition and Public Health jointly from McDaniel College in Maryland and the Hogeschool University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. My Masters Degree is in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from Loughborough University in the UK, while I am midway through my Doctoral degree with New Zealand Rugby, via a collaboration of Universities here in NZ, France, and America.
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