We are entering uncharted territory for coaches. The current pandemic as turned our life, our cities, our culture, and our teams into chaos. Sport will always play a back seat to the greater society, but coaches can still be more important than ever in these difficult times. For athletes, some sort of activity can help keep their minds off all the stress around them. On this week’s podcast we invite some coaches from our team of contributors to share how they are managing their team and specific training methods they are turning to.
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Our guests on this episode were James Marshall, Patrick McHugh, James and Mona de Lacey, Nick Lumley, and Donie Fox. Each shared some ideas about addressing the current reality as a coach, as well as more practical suggestions on training.
- 5:00 – Nick Garcia’s recommended equipment for home training.
- 7:00 – Nick and Martin look at how to vary leg circuits to keep them interesting and effective.
- 10:00 – Keeping training fun when alone.
- 13:00 – James Marshall – Advantages and disadvantages of training at home and tips for training at home: “(1) Have a plan so you can get get up and train without thinking about what to do. (2) Find versatile equipment: skipping rope, miniband, and dumbbells can take you a long way. (3) Be creative: variation is more valuable than sets and reps. “
- 17:45- Patrick McHugh – Reinventing simple movements and finding consistency. “Our coach used to tell us to do 50 situps in the morning and at night. I did it. But today’s athletes have so much going on, especially now, that you need more variation. And I have found that variation also makes training more interesting and effective. “
- 24:45 – James and Mona de Lacey – Ideas on banded training and one-leg training: “It is difficult to find the loading you need at home, but with the right exercises you still can find a good stimulus due to volume and novelty. “
- 29:15 – Nick Lumley – Team sport strategies and understanding depth jumps: “We need to retain strength and power with no equipment. The answer is a no brainer: depth jumps. Some of the most powerful athletes on the planet have developed their explosive strength through depth jumps. All you need is gravity and a box.”
- 40: 15 Donie Fox – Developing ankle mobility: “There is a trend toward 1/2 and 1/4 squats in many sports as they are seen as more sports specific in terms of joint position. But the ability to move a joint fully and freely might be more transferable in certain populations as it will allow them to train more and train better. “
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- This month’s site theme is training continuity planning and helping coaches and athletes get through this pandemic while staying sane and fit. Keep tuned to the site this month as we explore the topic more in depth. Join HMMR Plus so that you don’t miss out on our archives and new resources.
- Some of the recommended resources on this week’s episode:
- James Marshall’s home PE lessons available on his YouTube channel.
- Recent HMMR Media articles exploring today’s topics in more detail from Nick Garcia, James de Lacey, and Patrick McHugh, as well as our recent March Member Hangout.
- Donie Fox and Tracy Fober’s podcast Physio & the Art of Human Performance.
- Variation of leg circuits and our leg circuit webinar.
- Great tweet about depth jumps from Nick Lumley.
- Recommended follow: Vernon Griffith @vernongriffith4.
- Episode 54 on building a home gym.
- James Marshall is the head coach at Excelsior Athletic Development Club in England. You can read his articles here and find him on Twitter (@coachexcelsior) and Instagram (@excelsioradclub). He has been on Episode 175 and GAINcast 160.
- Patrick McHugh is the athletic director and track coach at North Shore Country Day School in Illinois. You can find his recent pandemic training series on HMMR Media, as well as additional resources on his personal blog. You can also follow him on Twitter (@PatMcHughAD) and as guest on GAINcast 69.
- James de Lacey is the head strength and conditioning coach for Romanian Rugby. You can find his contributions to the site here. He was a guest on Episode 168 and you can learn more on Instagram (@jdelacey90) and Twitter (@dimeperformance). Mona de Lacey is an elite weightlifter. She was a guest on Episode 194. You can find her on Instagram (@powerfulpretorius) and Twitter (@MonaPretorius).
- Nick Lumley is the head strength and conditioning coach for Edinburgh Rugby. He has been a guest on Episode 134, Episode 96, and GAINcast 166. You can find him on Twitter (@lumley_nick).
- Donie Fox is a physiotherapist and coach based in Dublin. You can find his contributions to the site here and you can learn more on Instagram (@doniefox) and Twitter (@doniefox), as well as his podcast.