Strength Coach Concepts http://strengthcoachconcepts.com Strength Coach Concepts en-us Guest Post: Five Takeaways From NSCA Coaches Con 2017 <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1486752527_1707.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><strong>About Chris Hays:</strong></p><br /> <ul><br /> <li>2nd year Graduate Assistant at George Washington University&nbsp;</li><br /> <li>Oversees Baseball, Swimming and Diving and Women's Waterpolo</li><br /> <li>Attended Slippery Rock University Class of 2015</li><br /> <li>CSCS, USAW, FMS&nbsp;</li><br /> <li>Twitter:<a href="https://twitter.com/chaysstrength">https://twitter.com/chaysstrength</a></li><br /> <li>Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/chaysstrength/">https://www.instagram.com/chaysstrength</a></li><br /> </ul><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p><strong>Introduction - </strong>Recently I had the opportunity to attend the NSCA Coaches Conference for the second year in a row, this time in Nashville, TN. Below I cover five of my biggest takeaways - most of which go far beyond the science or X&rsquo;s and O&rsquo;s of the field.&nbsp;</p><br /> <ol><br /> <li><strong>Young Coaches: Trust the Process<br /> </strong>I am speaking to myself as much as anyone else here (while giving way to my hometown Sixers&rsquo; current motto). <em>Being around professionals that you&rsquo;ve only seen on television, social media or major conferences can be intimidating. At times, it may feel like you&rsquo;re a fan among celebrities</em> - trying to muster the courage to say hello or think of just the right question. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The least you can do, I&rsquo;ve come to learn, is shake their hand and simply offer a &ldquo;thank you&rdquo; - if it&rsquo;s the right kind of person, they will appreciate you for it.</span> I didn&rsquo;t ask the NSCA for a census, but I would venture to guess that the average speaker age is somewhere in the mid-to-late 30s.<em> </em><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">There are no overnight success stories.</span></em> Mike Boyle is known for saying that he was in the field for 20 years before anyone cared about who he was.<em> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">I firmly believe that if you continue to work hard, grow as a person + coach and pay your dues - your time will come. <br /> <br /> </span></em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></li><br /> <li><strong>If You Have a Problem with Something, Be a Part of the Solution. <br /> </strong>Many may be familiar with the famous quote from the late Mahatma Gandhi, <em>&ldquo;Be the change you want to see in the world.&rdquo; </em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Dr. Bryan Mann put it a little more bluntly, but the message is the same - rather than whining &amp; complaining about a problem, why not be a part of the solution?</span> This particular message applied specifically to the moans &amp; groans of the &lsquo;lack of applicable research in the field,&rsquo; - which led to the creation of the NSCA Coach publication, and subsequent need for pertinent submissions. Research aside, the rule can apply in many situations for S&amp;C coaches. <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">It&rsquo;s so easy to nag or complain behind the scenes</span></em> about an old school sport coach or by-the-book athletic trainer - <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">but instead of adding negativity, why not find ways to pull together, critically think and come up with a better solution?</span></em><br /> <br /> <strong>&nbsp;</strong></li><br /> <li><strong>Word of Mouth = Word of Media<br /> </strong>Social media is both a blessing and a curse - largely in part by how you use it. <em>A few months ago, at my high school&rsquo;s five year reunion, the content of my social media accounts became the topic of conversation with many people that I hadn&rsquo;t talked to in, well, five years.</em> Almost everyone that was &ldquo;connected&rdquo; with me knew what I was doing at GW - and in most cases, thought it was pretty cool. More recently, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">at the Coaches Con, our one-of-a-kind Director, Matt Johnson, challenged myself and fellow graduate assistants to live tweet using #Coaches2017</span> as much as possible - first and foremost to share and publicize the high level content, but also, perhaps selfishly, to garner some attention for ourselves (after all, our positions are terminal!). The result, just after the conference had ended, was this: <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">25 followers, 85 retweets and 172 favorites (and counting). </span></em><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">I&rsquo;m not a computer or math guru, but I&rsquo;m pretty sure those numbers multiply exponentially based on the exposure values of Twitter.</span></em> Will it get me a job? Of course not - the tweets&rsquo; material weren&rsquo;t even mine. But it doesn&rsquo;t hurt to get my name and ugly mug in front of the eyes of fellow coaches (and potential employers). <br /> <br /> <strong>&nbsp;</strong></li><br /> <li><strong>Find the Needle in the Haystack<br /> </strong><em>During the conference, I would often find myself waiting for the &ldquo;ah-ha&rdquo; moment - thinking the next slide would be the one to finally reveal the next revolutionary program, the one piece of information that would make the entire trip worthwhile. </em>Unfortunately, none of the talks were titled <em>&ldquo;How to better train (insert one of our teams) at George Washington University&rdquo;</em> or <em>&ldquo;How to easily find the perfect job after grad school.&rdquo;</em> <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Not every presentation will be perfectly geared to your situation, population or training style</span></em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span> <em>But, rather than formulating a quick opinion, resorting to your phone, or just straight up walking out - give it a chance.</em> There have been talks that I&rsquo;ve loved and have had a direct, almost measurable impact on what I do. There have also been talks that I have not loved, and may have only jotted down one or two bullet points. <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The point is to find those 1-2 key ideas that can provide value. Find the needle in the haystack. </span></em><br /> <br /> <strong>&nbsp;</strong></li><br /> <li><strong>Count Your Blessings</strong><br /> <em>After all things are said and done, </em><em>I will have virtually paid $0.00 to attend the conference this past weekend</em> - aside from a few uber rides, quick meals and responsible adult beverages. Our leader, Coach Johnson (the term &ldquo;boss&rdquo; just doesn&rsquo;t fit right) pays for our flight and conference fees out of our S&amp;C budget, and our academic department has been gracious enough to reimburse the hotel stay. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">I didn&rsquo;t have to save a chunk of the modest stipend that I make or empty any savings to attend the event - as I&rsquo;m sure many fellow coaches had to do.</span> As I am writing this, I&rsquo;m on another plane (my third of the week - probably a personal record) to San Diego, CA to join our Swimming &amp; Diving program for their annual winter training trip. Virtually all expenses paid. <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">No, 99% of strength coaches don&rsquo;t make a lot of money - especially interns, GAs and plenty of full-time assistants &amp; directors at lower conference schools. But, in some circumstances, we do get to experience some pretty cool stuff, and do things that many would only dream of. So for that - I am very grateful.</span></em></li><br /> </ol><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Guest+Post%3A+Five+Takeaways+From+NSCA+Coaches+Con+2017">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Guest+Post%3A+Five+Takeaways+From+NSCA+Coaches+Con+2017 http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Guest+Post%3A+Five+Takeaways+From+NSCA+Coaches+Con+2017 Keep Pounding The Rock: George Washington Men's Basketball 2016-17 <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1486748289_2696.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><a href="https://youtu.be/egLWLdFv-08">https://youtu.be/egLWLdFv-08</a></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Keep+Pounding+The+Rock%3A+George+Washington+Men%5C%27s+Basketball+2016-17">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Keep+Pounding+The+Rock%3A+George+Washington+Men%5C%27s+Basketball+2016-17 http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Keep+Pounding+The+Rock%3A+George+Washington+Men%5C%27s+Basketball+2016-17 George Washington Men's Basketball National Mall Workouts <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1456064727_7862.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 250px;" width="500" height="250" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/29QBATKAJ0Y" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/29QBATKAJ0Y" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/George+Washington+Men%5C%27s+Basketball+National+Mall+Workouts">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/George+Washington+Men%5C%27s+Basketball+National+Mall+Workouts http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/George+Washington+Men%5C%27s+Basketball+National+Mall+Workouts The Laws of Strength and Conditioning: An Athletes Agreement <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1455821429_7551.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><em>The Laws of Strength and Conditioning: An Athletes Agreement</em></p><br /> <p><em>By Matthew Johnson, M.S, CSCS&nbsp;</em></p><br /> <p>At George Washington University we value the coach-athlete relationship. &nbsp;In order to reach peak performance both parties are responsible. &nbsp;As strength coaches, our job is to motivate, educate, plan and provide structure to our athletes performance enhancement. &nbsp;</p><br /> <p>Below is a list of standards (in order of importance) that our athletes must understand, agree and adhere to during training.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;1.&nbsp;<strong>Coachable: </strong>Athletes must accept coaching at all times. &nbsp;As strength coaches, it is our job to identify technique flaws, low effort or bad attitudes. &nbsp;Athletes should never wear earmuffs. They must listen and absorb what we are communicating.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;2.&nbsp;<strong>Effort:</strong>&nbsp; Plain and simple, maximum effort maximizes results. When training a group their effort level shouldn&rsquo;t waver. It&rsquo;s not an easy thing to do but it is tremendously important for the long-term development of your athletes.</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;3.&nbsp;<strong>Championship Culture: &nbsp;</strong>The weight room is were high amplitude energy and positive attitudes reside. &nbsp;Athletes that radiate negativity or low energy put a damper on things. &nbsp;Fill the weight room with an elite culture: smiles, cheers, clapping, and words of encouragement all build this. &nbsp;&ldquo;Champions behave like Champions before they&rsquo;re Champions. &nbsp;They have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.&rdquo; - Bill Walsh</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;4.&nbsp;<strong>Nutrition: </strong>Athletes&nbsp;must understand that they can&rsquo;t out train bad nutrition. &nbsp;If your athletes want to go 0 to 60 in record time they better feed the machine with high quality fuel. They must train themselves at the table before training in the weigh room. &nbsp;If not, they are spinning their wheels. They are applying effort to the gas pedal but their poor nutrition is the e-brake holding them back.</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;5.&nbsp;<strong>Sleep:&nbsp;</strong>In order to train hard you must recover harder. &nbsp;Sleep is one of the oldest and most effective recovery modes there is. &nbsp;Best part is it's FREE! Make sure you are getting your zzzz&rsquo;s so you can gain those lift lbs.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;6.&nbsp;<strong>Technique:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;Quality not Quantity&rdquo; should ring through the ears of every athlete. &nbsp;No matter the lift, it needs to be executed with precision. &nbsp;Poor technique can delay strength development. &nbsp;More importantly, athletes can get injured! Take pride in your reps, they are your billboard as a coach.</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;7.&nbsp;<strong>Supplemental Training: &nbsp;</strong>We&nbsp;should never turn away an athlete wanting to complete extra work. Why? Who do you know that failed a test or class doing extra credit? Working hard and smart is a proven recipe for success. &nbsp;But performing extra work may be counterproductive to your training focus. &nbsp;For example: &nbsp;A max strength phase has been installed. On active recovery days your athlete runs 5 miles. &nbsp;The physiological impact of aerobic training erases the max strength work. &nbsp;Athletes wanting to complete extra work should seek the advice of their strength coach. We are the experts; they must use us.</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;8.&nbsp;<strong>Training Frequency:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;We are what we repeatably do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.&rdquo; Improvement is a byproduct of many sets, reps and sessions. &nbsp;Athletes&nbsp;must train consistently and follow the plan we have outlined. &nbsp;Make sure your athletes complete "make ups" if a conflict arises that prevents them from attending scheduled sessions. Lapses in training only slow momentum.</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;9.&nbsp;<strong>Trust:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;Athletes must trust the training program. &nbsp;Any skepticism will skew the outcome. &nbsp;Coaches must educate their athletes so they believe in the process. &nbsp;As coaches, we can get them where they need to be. &nbsp;The athlete must trust our direction. Explaining WHY is the best way to establish trust.</p><br /> <p>10.&nbsp;<strong>Have Fun:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;In my experience, athletes that have a blast in the weight room always improve. &nbsp;Athletes should be excited and find enjoyment in their development. If they aren't, look in the mirror. &nbsp;Attitude and energy reflect leadership. The weight room should be an energy bunker. They should enjoy entering it with the mindset of preparing to win a championship. &nbsp;Encourage them to put on a smile and go to work!</p><br /> <p>Train Hard. Fuel Smart. Work Your Plan!</p><br /> <p>-MJ</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/The+Laws+of+Strength+and+Conditioning%3A+An+Athletes+Agreement">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/The+Laws+of+Strength+and+Conditioning%3A+An+Athletes+Agreement http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/The+Laws+of+Strength+and+Conditioning%3A+An+Athletes+Agreement Player Coach <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/images/userPics/1455819494_6778.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><img src="/images/userPics/tinymce/Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 1.15.37 PM.png" alt="" width="550" /></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Player+Coach">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Player+Coach http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Player+Coach The Road to Success <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1455819176_7715.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><img src="/images/userPics/tinymce/Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 1.09.41 PM.png" alt="" width="550" /></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/The+Road+to+Success">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/The+Road+to+Success http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/The+Road+to+Success Be A Pioneer <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1455818795_1038.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><img src="/images/userPics/tinymce/Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 1.04.40 PM.png" alt="" width="550" /></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Be+A+Pioneer">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Be+A+Pioneer http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Be+A+Pioneer 86,400 Seconds <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1455818358_9444.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><img src="/images/userPics/tinymce/Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 12.56.37 PM.png" alt="" width="550" height="558" /></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/86%2C400+Seconds">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/86%2C400+Seconds http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/86%2C400+Seconds Speed Hurdle Drills for Basketball Athletes (VIDEO) <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1399921103_1667.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><br /> <object style="width: 500px; 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height: 350px;" width="500" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/hj-mT8A1ZTs" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hj-mT8A1ZTs" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Basketball+Core+Development+Exercises%3A+Part+2+%28VIDEO%29">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Basketball+Core+Development+Exercises%3A+Part+2+%28VIDEO%29 http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Basketball+Core+Development+Exercises%3A+Part+2+%28VIDEO%29 Basketball Core Development Exercises: Part 1 (VIDEO) <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1399920358_9334.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 350px;" width="500" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/F1i5TcDV4tY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/F1i5TcDV4tY" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Basketball+Core+Development+Exercises%3A+Part+1+%28VIDEO%29">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Basketball+Core+Development+Exercises%3A+Part+1+%28VIDEO%29 http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Basketball+Core+Development+Exercises%3A+Part+1+%28VIDEO%29 GW Press Release <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1385778763_1904.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><a href="http://www.gwsports.com/genrel/101013aab.html">http://www.gwsports.com/genrel/101013aab.html</a></p><br /> <p>Follow me on<a href="http://www.twitter.com/strengthcoachmj">&nbsp;twitter&nbsp;</a>for strength and conditioning information and tips!</p><br /> <div>Matthew Johnson, M.S, CSCS</div><br /> <div>@strengthcoachmj</div><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/GW+Press+Release">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/GW+Press+Release http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/GW+Press+Release 10 Medicine Ball Speed Drills (VIDEO) <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1375892384_3013.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p><br /> <object style="width: 500px; height: 350px;" width="500" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/cTI-D5Roqq4&amp;feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><br /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/cTI-D5Roqq4&amp;feature" /><br /> </object><br /> </p><br /> <div>Follow me on<a href="http://www.twitter.com/strengthcoachmj"> twitter </a>for daily basketball speed and agility tips!</div><br /> <div></div><br /> <div>Matthew Johnson, M.S, CSCS</div><br /> <div>@strengthcoachmj</div><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/10+Medicine+Ball+Speed+Drills+%28VIDEO%29">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/10+Medicine+Ball+Speed+Drills+%28VIDEO%29 http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/10+Medicine+Ball+Speed+Drills+%28VIDEO%29 Basketball Speed and Agility Tips <img src="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com//images/userPics/1367712252_9038.jpg" alt="" /><br /><p>Starting May 1st 2013 until the end of August 2013 I will be posting <span style="text-decoration: underline;">daily</span> basketball speed and agility tips for players and coaches via my <a href="http://www.twitter.com/strengthcoachmj">twitter</a> account. Speed and agility training is my passion and I have always taken a vested interest in developing new methods to enhance my athletes speed! I am excited to share my knowledge and expertise in the upcoming months. Follow me on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/strengthcoachmj">twitter</a> so you don't miss any of the content. &nbsp;</p><br /> <p>Matthew Johnson, M.S., CSCS, CPT</p><br /> <p><a href="http://about.me/matthewjohnson">http://about.me/matthewjohnson</a></p><br /><br />(To read and post comments for this entry, visit <a href="http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Basketball+Speed+and+Agility+Tips">http://strengthcoachconcepts.com</a>)<hr /> http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Basketball+Speed+and+Agility+Tips http://strengthcoachconcepts.com/blog/Basketball+Speed+and+Agility+Tips