I want to start off this easygoing blog entry by letting my readers know what type of material to expect. If you’re already familiar with my articles then you know that they are based on research and facts. You can even find most of the research articles along the article column on my website! These articles are indeed informative but they’re not personal. I want to introduce more blog entries that are more personal and engaging. I want to create a space where I can connect with my readers. By openly sharing my experiences as coach covering topics like pursuing a career in strength and conditioning training, the art of coaching, tennis issues, a variety of strength and conditioning issues, injury, recovery, speed and last but definitely not least, my favourite topic of them all… nutrition! I aim to connect with you guys on a more personal and candid level.
Now time to get to the nitty-gritty: What it really means to be a strength coach
In my nine years of coaching experience (wow time flies, I’m getting old, you don’t have to remind me) I’ve seen common issues arise in coaching and let’s just say, they aren’t pretty. I have been around the globe traveling to the states, Canada, and back. Ok so I’ve just exclusively travelled in North America but that counts as around the globe, right? We all know that babies first learn to crawl and then stand up before they can learn to walk and run after that they’re free to become whatever they want! I’ve noticed in coaching that it’s easy and very common to see athlete’s start running before they’ve learned to crawl. Of course we all want to apply the latest trends we’ve learned as coaches to new athletes but it’s crucial that we build and train an athlete from the crawling stages first!
I’d like to remind and reinforce to everyone that the key to strength and conditioning is injury prevention. We, as coaches, are not the primary role as to why athletes are in the gym. We are secondary, as the tennis coaches are the primary to tennis players to enhance their skill on court. Building a progressive program with exercise interventions that include resistance training that not only reduce injuries but also prepare the athlete to learn more complex movements down the road. A faster and stronger tennis player will be seen on court months later through a smart progressive training program. Which in turn will yield a faster progression to teach/coach the athlete because you taught them how to crawl before you taught them to walk. Everything else is a breeze!
The point of this article is to show that less is more when you are coaching. Making sure you prepare the athlete accordingly is of most importance for long-term success! It’s about the athletes’ future, to prepare them for battle, and not to coach them for just temporary improvement. A well-balanced program (and diet) is necessary and I will get into that more specifically in other blog posts, so stay tuned my friends!