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#27 Currency of Coaching

A business person would say ‘time is money.’ So what does a coach say? 'Time is medals?' If time is money, or time is medals, how are you using yours? Is the time you are spending with your athletes valuable? Let’s use a business analogy to help my intended message; If you wanted to start…
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#26 Self Fulfilling Prophecy

It is often told that 'If you tell somebody something enough times, they may just end up believing it.’ That’s pretty true too. I meet new athletes all of the time on my travels, and quite often i’m introduced to them by their coaches. Quite often it goes a little bit like this -  ‘This is Ella, she’s…
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#25 Power of Why

Let’s cut straight to the chase ... ‘Why?’ is one of the most powerful words in the human language. The question ‘why?' can provide you with answers to questions you believe you don't know the answer to. But ‘Why?’ can also be one of the most confrontational, aggressive words too, and as as result of this, it is…
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#24 Common Advice

In this blog post, I’ve shared the 5 most common bits of advice I give coaches, clubs and federations when visiting on consultations and training camps. It’s irrelevant what the current level of performance for your athletes is, these five points apply to you, and tend to make all the difference when it comes to…
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#23 What Does A ‘Great Coach’ Mean?

Here is a question that bothers me greatly, and it comes up in almost ALL coaching courses and workshops I have attended: 'What makes a great coach?’ I can feel my blood pressure rising just writing it. Many years ago, I would have compiled a long list of qualities that great coaches have ... but not…
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#22 Moths

Preps and drills ... why are we so magnetised to them, like a moth to a lightbulb? You'd think that the paparazzi has arrived in the gym when introducing a new drill; phones and cameras everywhere making sure every moment is captured. Who doesn't like new shiny objects eh? :) I'm not being judgemental as…
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#21 Critics

The beauty of our world is that no two people see things the same, as we all view the world through a different lens, a lens which has been formed through our own life experiences, opinions and circumstances. Life would simply be rather dull if we all viewed the world as one another did. There would be no…
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#20 – Mental Muscle

Somebody said to me the other day, 'gymnastics is 80% a psychological game, and 20% skill.’ It isn’t the first time i’ve heard that saying, or at least something similar. I don't disagree, and it's not just gymnastics where that can be applied, it's pretty relevant to most aspects of life. But if that is…
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#19 6 Vault Coaching Mistakes to Avoid

I love vault, it’s my favourite apparatus to coach. That seems to be rare these days, with most coaches loathing it, but i’m magnetised to the power, technical aspects and variety that it can offer. Yes variety, vault doesn’t have to be boring! Like all apparatus, it’s the accumulation of components in your athletes’ training…
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#18 In the Shadows

This might split the audience a little, but I want you to consider a scenario for me, which may be evident in your club right now. You have a top athlete, who out-performs the rest of the group/team always.  You also have an athlete who is second to your top performer in the way that…
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#17 Skinning a Cat

How many times have you heard the saying ‘there are more ways than one to skin a cat?’ Perhaps, like me, you hear it ALL the time within your sport, and also like me, you hate the saying. Now don’t get me wrong, there is merit and rationale behind the phrase, and I am not…
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#16 Own the Energy

I’ve spoken in length throughout my Key Lessons series (you can sign up to receive those emails HERE) about the key attributes that many high performing coaches have. Without question, I have found that most, if not all, have an infectious energy behind their coaching.  Coaches with 'energy' are more engaging, more compelling and more…
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#15 Robots

It’s been said many times before that coaching is all about relationships, and positive relationships are built on communication, trust and engagement. As I have written in a previous blog post, (CLICK HERE TO READ IT) great athlete-coach relationships don’t always happen organically, they may have to be worked on just like any other relationship…
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#14 Prescribing Confidence

What’s the worst bit of feedback you have given your athletes recently? I know, bit of a strange question really, but as my own worst critic, it’s something I think about often ... Here’s mine - ‘be more confident.’ I’m not sure what I was expecting, perhaps the athlete to internally flick a switch and…
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#13 Feedback Frenzy

If I gave you a few golf balls and a club at the driving range you’d probably like to just ‘hit a few.’ Unless you're destined for the next PGA tour that’s quite reasonable, but lets assume you are receiving coaching from a qualified professional with the intention of making significant progress as a return…
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#12 The Importance of a Great Handstand

In gymnastics, it’s a well known fact that all advanced skills derive from the roots of just a few basic shapes and positions, and the quality of those key shapes will determine the aesthetics and technical quality of the skills that follow. The term ‘basics’ is thrown around a fair bit, and although this phrase…
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#11 Cotton Wool Coaching

What is cotton wool coaching I hear you ask? Well we’ve all heard of the expression, ‘she’s wrapped up in cotton wool,’ usually used to describe an individual (often a child) who is perceived to be 'overly protected’ by their parent.   'Cotton wool coaching' refers to being overly protective of your athletes, by being…
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#10 Starter on the Slopes

  I have the pleasure of writing this post in a beautiful town called ‘La Rosiere’, a fantastic ski resort nestled high up in the French Alps. I’m here with my two good friends Ryan and Pete, celebrating Ryan’s 30th birthday, all of us rookies on the slopes, with a day each of prior practice…
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#9 Escape Route

In a sport as complex as gymnastics, things aren’t always going to go as intended in either practice or competition. It goes without saying that in order to deliver a ‘hit routine' in competition, the athlete would have ‘failed’ at delivering the routine hundreds of time prior in training.  This phase is inevitable as the…
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#8 Pancake Day

I’m sure you are aware that Tuesday was Pancake Day. My twitter feed had been full of creative looking pancakes and of course the odd epic failure.  Did you know that 30 million more eggs are bought in the UK on Pancake Day than any other day of the year??? 30 MILLION!!! WHY?! We don’t…
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