Brave Enough by Jessie Diggins

I have always been an an avid reader of coaches and athletes’ biographies. Each biography gave me insights into what that athlete tick. How they approached training. How they got into their sport. How they were coached. There is so much to learn  from the experiences of others on the journey to achieve the pinnacle of sport performance. Read more

My learning journey: influential people

Of late I have been thinking about those who have influenced me over the course of my career. Below I have listed the people in four categories:  teachers/professors, coaches, sport scientists, and athletes. Some of these people I have been able to work directly with, some I just learned from through reading their writing and some through observation. Read more

Dealing with change

We are living in a time of unprecedented change. This gives us a great opportunity to grow and adapt. There are two choices:

  1. React to change; or
  2. Manage change and own it.

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What can you do?

Instead of looking at ways to predict injury and search for hidden dysfunctions why not spend the time looking at possibilities to determine the athlete’s level of trainability. Read more

House of cards

Always build and rebuild your athletes from the ground up. Emphasize training movements that connect and coordinate. Start with fundamental movements and add complexity as the athlete’s gain mastery of the fundamentals. Don’t worry too much about being sport specific; instead emphasize movements that are sport appropriate to prepare the athlete for the sport demands. Read more

Are palatial facilities necessary?

I keep seeing pictures of these palatial collegiate strength training facilities. Is that degree of opulence really necessary? Read more

The mundane

So much of what we do as coaches is quite mundane. There are repetitive tasks that we must do to make the other less routine tasks more effective. Read more

Letter to a coach starting out

This is an updated version of a post that wrote 6 years ago. I think it particularly timely today based on some conversions I have had recently. Read more

Life 101: changing your world

As 21-year-old just out of college I was convinced that my mission was to change the world. My youthful enthusiasm was soon tempered by realism. I quickly learned that the best way to change the world was to change my world. The following is some thoughts and ideas that I have learned over the years to change my world. Perhaps these thoughts will help you change your world and we can all make the world a better place together. Read more