…and I don’t mean I got punched in the face again.
I got an email from one of the readers of the blog…
You’ve missed an important one (in my opinion) which is something along the lines of ‘training concepts’ … For example, I’ve learned the importance of ‘repeat burst’ training, how to structure a session, the importance of developing strength before power etc. I understand that you raise these issues within other categories, but you can always multiple tag … Gleaning training concepts from your blog has been the main reason I’ve been trawling through your posts!
This is why I do this blog…and I say that without hopefully sounding like too much of a dick…although I know having said ‘this is why I do this’ it is impossible for me not to sound like a dick.
The reason that it made me stop and think for a second is because I think that I and probably most people take there experiences for granted. This is one of the reasons that I am excited about the seminar as well because the reason that I’ve been putting so much time into it is because over 20 years of giving and attending seminars and courses and the like I know what an enormous waste of time the majority have been. In writing and structuring the material and make up of the seminar I’ve constantly had in the front of my mind 2 things in particular…1. Could I use this information right now and 2. How does this fit in with all the rest of the information in the seminar…in that…does all this stuff go together. The reason that I think this is important is because I look at all the other seminars I’ve given…for example Strength Training for Gaelic Football, Functional Movement Screening, Conditioning for Field Sports, Strength and Conditioning for Basketball…all those seminars have I hope been interesting but the thing is…for coaching you need to have a grasp of all the areas…even if you aren’t an expert in any of them…you need to understand how they all go together. What is the point of learning about functional movement screening if you don’t understand what strength exercises you need to use to correct what you find…and what is the point of knowing the exercises if you’ve no idea how to put them into a program…and on and on I could go.
What I want to do with the seminar is to layout a ‘practical template’ for working as a strength and conditioning coach because like most jobs and professions it is really only 5% of what you know that you end up using 90% of the time…you don’t need to understand alveoli and gas exchange to write a good conditioning workout…but understanding heart rate response will help you a lot.
What I intend to do long term is to try to bring the blog and the seminars together. In that I want to create a format on the blog and or the website…or whatever it ends up being for presenting the seminar information. That the seminars will be the practical extension of the information presented here. I’m not saying that the blog will stop being a place where I crap on and piss and moan just that I want to have a section here where I eventually try to present my coaching template and have it be as complete and structured as it would need to be for people to do the basic and straightforward elements of coaching that make up the majority of my working day. So that people who are interested will know how I structure sessions, why I do conditioning work I do, how I test and assess athletes and why I do this and they won’t have to scour the blog to find out…I want to be able to present it in a really easy to understand and structured manner. The cool thing is that I will be able to keep editing it and adding to it till it is what it says it is.
The people who are already confirmed and coming to the seminar are a mixed group which is excellent because as I said I want this seminar to be able to stand on its own no matter what the background of the attendee.
The reason I am saying all this is because there’s been a lot of comment on the blog and people emailing me asking me why I am doing this and why I am bothering. The reason I started this blog is because I was constantly being accused of being to negative and of being a sniper…some of that criticism was fair but I made a conscious decision when starting with this to be positive and to make a contribution. This seems like the best way to do this.
A lot of people have also been mailing me wondering what my angle is…how I am planning on making money out of this…that has never been nor can I see it ever being the intention. What I was getting at the other day is that I don’t think I should have to pay to give away all my intellectual property or provide a forum or any of that other on-line stuff. As I said…if people wanted all the bells and whistles and were willing to chip in to cover the cost then fantastic….we could make that happen straight away. Most don’t want to do so and that is fine as well…they can shut the hell up and stop emailing me moaning about stuff and just take what they are given.
So anyway…moving here is a start. There is plenty more that I want to do but it will happen as and when I have the time.