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Words

Words matter! So use words that matter. Words can be helpful or hurtful. So select words with intention to gain the desired attention. Read more

Learning to Ride a Bike

Early in the summer of 2015, my 4-year-old son decided that he was brave enough to take the training wheels off of his bike. I proceeded to do so immediately, before he changed his mind. At the start of our journey, I used to the same old techniques that we’ve all seen to get going. I started by pushing him down the sidewalk. Then I let him attempt to start the bike’s motion on his own. After too many attempts and being analytical (as normal), I noticed several things: Read more

Coaching – A Creative Process

The process of creative coaching it is the ability to see the same skill, the same movement and see something different than everyone else is seeing or has seen. Coaching is constant iteration, prototyping, tinkering to get it right for that athlete and team. Coaching is not a reductionist paint by numbers algorithm. Read more

3 Tips for Better Coaching

I’ve spent my career learning things from all sorts of athletes and coaches. Whether it be good or bad, there is always a lesson to be learned. I’ve been extremely observant of behaviors and trends of successful and unsuccessful pairings of athletes and coaches. Based on my experience, here are the top three suggestions I recommend for improving results in a coach athlete relationship. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 24: The Coach’s Attitude

I organized a Swiss Hammer fall training kick off event two weeks ago and invited along a special guest Nicola Vizzoni. Vizzoni has impressed many with the longevity of his career, winning major medals a decade apart. But what impresses me more is how he won those medals. At both the 2000 Olympics and 2010 European Championships he was up against a wall. In Sydney he was about to be knocked out of the competition in the third round and then responded with a personal best to take silver. In Barcelona he had been knocked off the podium and responded with a season’s best on his final attempt for a medal. During our Q&A with him he credited his performance under pressure to his coach, whose attitude during the competitions put subtle pressure on him without making him panic. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 21: Great Expectations

We’ve all seen coach-athlete relationships break down, and rarely does it have to do with the abilities of the coach or athlete. Instead it often comes down to expectations not being fulfilled by one party. Nick Garcia discussed this topic in a blog post last week, providing some questions coaches and athletes should address to build a strong relationship. But being a complex topic, it warrants deeper discussion (and my two cents on the topic). So on this week’s episode we discuss what coaches and athletes should expect from each other and how they can both work to improve communication and strengthen the relationship. Read more

Coach-Athlete Expectations

Fortunately I am tied into the sport of track and field very tightly, both through my close friends in the sport and because I follow it very closely as a fan. Each year there are a few coaches and athletes who decide to part ways for various reasons. Usually it is due to a difference in philosophy, but not necessarily a training philosophy. Often it is a difference philosophy about how life should be lived. So I began to think about and it gave me a few questions to think about. All of these questions seem very simple but can complicate things a great deal in an athlete/coach relationship. Read more

Thoughts to Make a Difference

It’s not good enough to just show up you must be there in mind, body and spirit. Read more

Coach John Wooden: a Twitter coach

John Wooden died June 4, 2010 at age 99. Twitter was founded in 2006. He retired in 1975 thirty-one years before Twitter yet he was a twitter coach. Why? How? We know that Coach Wooden is acknowledged as one of the greatest coaches of all time in any sport. Fortunately during his last season coaching in 1974-75 two psychologists Roland Tharp & Ronald Gallimore studied his methods and reported on his coaching style. Read more

Words of Wisdom, Volume 5

Last week I posted some links and quotes about data collection, analysis, and use in training. This week I thought I would post some more excerpts from what I’ve been reading on training methods and planning. Read more