I had Graham Dean in the gym yesterday. Graham is a strength and conditioning coach from Cape Town in South Africa. I was telling him how funny I thought it was that in all my time in Ireland the only coaches that have visited me in the gym wherever it has been that I worked have been from overseas. I’ve had coaches from the US, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, SA, Australia and probably a few others I can’t remember off the top of my head all come to my work to talk coaching and training.
Not a SINGLE Irish coach has ever came to the gym. I suppose there could be a number of reasons for this:
Everyone in Ireland thinks I’m rubbish…OR…they already know everything there is to know? I can only assume it is for one of these two reasons.
I on the other hand go to lots of gym to have a lo0k and see what they are doing. I do this mainly because I think I’m rubbish and I know that I definitely don’t know everything there is to know. Yesterday as it happened I was in a new gym in town that has opened up recently and I think I can pretty confidently say that not a single gym has opened in Dublin that I know of that I haven’t been to. I either get myself invited…or just go and pay and train and check the place out. I do this because I do actually love what I do. I want to be good at it. I want to be exposed to new ideas.
I also try to make it a weekly thing to talk to someone I don’t know in the industry about training. When people find this out they usually think its funny or that it would be awkward for me or the person that I ‘cold call’. I can honestly say not a single person that I’ve ever called hasn’t been at least pretended to be happy to take it. From this I have had invites to training sessions and centres all over Ireland and the UK. These coaches and trainers have on the whole always been as excited to talk about training and what and how they do it as I am. I think it is really important to see other coaches work…if for no other reason than to collect funny anecdotes about what idiots they are so you can tell others and ingratiate yourself in the coaching community by tearing down others.
To this end…this weekend I am going to be doing a field testing session on Saturday afternoon at 4pm. This test is referred to as a ‘150 Test’ or a ‘Spider Test’. I like this test for a lot of reasons:
1. It’s really easy…
2. It is really quick…I can get through an entire squad in 20 minutes.
3. It tells me a huge amount about athletes…who’s the fastest, who’s the fittest, who’s got the best agility, who runs with all the coordination of a new born foal and so much more.
I know I am probably smashing my head against a brick wall…but as anyone that knows me well knows well…I am unlikely to stop…what I’ve decided to do instead is from now on is to just bang my head even harder and see if that works.
So..I know that the rugby is on at 2.30pm but I thought I’d put it out there anyway…if you’re interested in coming to watch or even better interested in coming and helping me do this testing and seeing what it’s all about then drop me an email and I’ll give you all the details.
…in other news
I just want to make sure I can say I broke the news first…so here it is…Lyle McDonald will be in Ireland presenting on the weekend of the 4th&5th of April…now he’ll deny it if ask but I assure you it is absolutely true. So start making the necessary plans for this weekend as it will be a truly life changing experience. You’ll get to meet and learn from the most plagiarised author in the field nutrition. I am going to make a proper announcement later…I just wanted to sneak this in here where no one will read it but so I can point to it later to prove that I was the first to break the news.