Athlete Development

As a coach, you likely have a multitude of plaques on your walls displaying a variety of certifications - but those do not make you a great coach. To be a great coach you must inspire me.
It happens all the time - coaches who are cheerleaders, not leaders. How does a coach not say “no” or stop a movement? How does a coach not give coaching?
In part two of my series on becoming a personal trainer we're going to focus on part most people are less comfortable with - the fact that successful trainers think of themselves as a business.
Here in Australia 10% of personal trainers leave the fitness industry every year. Only 1% make it to 15 years in this job. So as a 1%-er, here's my advice on how to become a successful PT.
In this country we have a prolonged history of ignoring the science involved in physical training. The end results of training can be glamorous, but the real skill is in the structure and planning.
In learning theory there's a concept known as "zone of proximal development." Understanding it can make a big difference in how effective your coaching is and how well your students learn.
These are the six rules I believe you must follow to be an excellent coach. Do you know them? Do you follow them? I call this The Coaching Manifesto and it will make you and your clients better.
Does arm position matter when you're doing an unweighted squat? Turns out it makes a big difference in overweight clientele. Learn one small thing that can make you a better coach.
As I transition from coaching kids to coaching adults, I realize all the things I don't know. Here are 7 tips that are helping me on my journey, that I know will serve any new coach well.
Your 40s are not the time to decide you're going to be a pro MMA fighter. This is one of the lessons I've learned in 20 years of training. Read on for lessons 11 through 20.
This year marks twenty years in the personal training game. The following are the first ten of the twenty most important lessons I've learned over these years.
Can you activate a muscle, without moving, just because someone told you to? For example, if a coach told you to "use your triceps" during a lift. New research shows what's actually possible.
New research looks at simple coaching cues that improve standing long jump performance, and the effect of external versus internal focus on athletic performance.
Hidden curriculum refers to the lessons, habits of mind, and accepted behaviors members of a group pick up by observation. Learn how to discover and guide these behaviors as a coach.
I’m a better coach because I was a stupid athlete. I developed knowledge, empathy, and awareness from my missteps. And I can spot the stupidity in my athletes a mile away.
Growing up I did a lot of drugs, sucked at sports, sucked at school, and spoke my mind. I'd make a crappy politician, but all these things make me a better coach. Curious why?
Build your "training" muscles with these 10 must-read articles, containing tools and tips from the experts for becoming a better trainer and/or coach.