Sometimes complex problems demand simple solutions. Scottish Rugby strength and conditioning coach Nick Lumley has learned this lessons first hand. Whether it comes to periodization or monitoring, he has been asked to accomplish a lot with little resources for the Scottish 7s team. And he has found solutions that worked, helping lead the team to their first ever title on the World Sevens Series last year. On this episode we talk about some of the simple solutions Lumley has used to solve complex problems.
Lumley is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Scottish 7s rugby team. This summer he will also take over as head strength coach for the Edinburgh Rugby professional rugby union squad. Prior to moving to Scotland, he also worked for the Welsh Rugby Union and Gloucester Rugby. In addition he gained experience working with elite athletes in judo, track and field and bobsleigh at TASS and Team Bath.
The main topic of conversation was how we often making periodization and planning more complex than it needs to be, a topic he wrote about on this site back in November.We don't need to explore fancy periodization plans if the the basic approach still works. Click To Tweet The fundamental principles of strength training are clear cut. Don't overlook that. @lumley_nick Click To Tweet
A large part of the discussion talked about the role of monitoring in training, how he has set up his monitoring protocol, what you can do with little resources, and what he would do differently with more resources:Prioritize what you need to know and look for what can give you that information. @lumley_nick Click To Tweet People buy the technology and then work out what to do with it. It has to work the other way around. Click To Tweet If you're getting athletes to participate in monitoring, you have a responsibility to use it. Click To Tweet
Finally, a topic that runs through his entire approach is buy in:All athletes want to get better. If you can demonstrate something will help, they'll get buy in. Click To Tweet
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Many of the topics discussed on today’s episode will be at the center of our upcoming seminar in London on May 20 with John Kiely and myself. We will discuss topics like periodization, performance, planning, and more in detail, including real world examples of smart planning in practice. Check out the feedback from our last edition of the event as well as a sneak peek of this edition. Registration and additional details can be found here.
- Nick discussed simple planning solutions on one of our HMMR Plus roundtable discussions. You can watch it here. Get access to that, webinars, and more by joining HMMR plus now.
- Lumley contributes a blog on HMMR Media. We discussed two of his articles on this episode “An Alternative to Periodization” and “Overcoming Long-Haul Travel for Sporting Performance.”
- You can also find Lumley on Twitter (@lumley_nick) and instagram (@nick_lumley).
- Lumley’s critique of periodization has a lot in common with John Kiely’s critique. You can read that in detail in our 2015 interview with Kiely.
- You can read more on marginal gains from Vern.