On Episode 9 of the Jack Skille Show we are joined by my former athletic development coach and mentor in all things physical Steve Myrland. After a long career with collegiate and NHL coaching experience, Steve Myrland always operates against the grain, and his approach provides a needed balance when discussing how to develop athletes. On this episode we talk about his background, training philosophy, and approach to developing athletes young and old.
- 0:00 – Steve’s background and path to coaching.
- 5:15 – What is strength? “Strength is not the end goal. While can’t be a good athlete without being strong, you can be strong without being a good athlete.”
- 11:45 – First impressions of Steve and Jack from working together.
- 16:00 – Conformity and training.
- 21:30 – Finding the need for something new.
- 27:45 – Thoughts on equipment, barbells, etc.
- 37:30 – Early specialization, learning to move the body, and the value of being a generalist.
- 47:45 – Training for the new NHL.
- 56:00 – Asking questions of your coach and understanding the why of training: “If your coach doesn’t have a good reason why, they shouldn’t have been doing it.”
- 1:01:00 – How should young athletes train and how to create movement puzzles.
- 1:08:15 – Progressing the athlete and finding graceful movement: “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.”
- 1:15:30 – How athleticism links to performance.