GymCon 2018

LIVE Recording of GymCon 2018, Europe's Leading Gymnastics Education Conference, with Nick Ruddock, Valorie Kondos Field and Dr Dave Tilley, held June 24th 2018, UK.

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Session 1 - Nick Ruddock Coaching The Culture

Session 2 - Dr Dave Tilley 8 Keystones for Peak Performance

Session 3 - Valorie Kondos Field Presentation and Live Q & A

Session 4 - Nick Ruddock Goals Are Not The (Only) Answer

"I have nothing but positive things to say about the whole event, the speakers were all outstanding and the way each part was presented was amazing"

Ciara Rowley
Ynys Mons Gymnastics Club

Meet the Speakers

Nick Ruddock

Performance Gymnastics Coach, Consultant and Speaker to International Federations and Professional Sports Teams

Dr Dave Tilley

Physical Therapist & Founder of Shift Movement Science - one of the foremost medical authorities in the gymnastics world

Valorie Kondos Field

Valorie Kondos Field is the head coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion, UCLA Women's Gymnastics team.

"The speakers were absolutely amazing and so inspirational! I’m really glad I came to the event!"

Shona Regan

Here's What's Included

At GymCon 2018, we dedicated the entire day to creating Happy, Healthy and Hungry athletes.

Over the years, I've come to a realisation:
Athletes can be coached by the best technical coaches around, but if all they focus on are the technical aspects of gymnastics, that athlete will NEVER reach any serious level.
It might be a sweeping statement, but it's true, and I'll go even further:
An athlete with tremendous potential and the genuine opportunity to become a world class athlete will NEVER get there if all their coaches focus on is the technical side of gymnastics.
But despite this being "the truth", it's just not reflected in our community today.
And not because coaches like you don't have their athletes' best interests at heart.
They do.
I'm yet to spend time with a gymnastics coach who doesn't love what they do, and doesn't want the best for their athletes, but sometimes that desire for success can manifest itself in the wrong way.
It can lead the coach to spend all their time focusing on the technical side of the sport, as a result of the mistaken assumption that just coaching an athlete to be technically better will be enough to get them to reach their potential.
In fact, it's the opposite. They care so much that they do hundreds of hours of research.
Just to be clear, there's nothing wrong with technical knowledge. In fact, it's vital. But it's not the whole picture, and if you're serious about being successful as a Gymnastics coach, it's vital that you recognise that fact, and then take steps to access that whole picture.
And that - in a nutshell - is what GymCon 2018 was all about: to give coaches who care about their athletes' success a more rounded picture of what is required to help them reach their true potential.
At this year's conference, we focused on three specific areas that will have a HUGE impact on your coaching, your athletes and their ability to be successful.
From all of the work I've done over the last two decades, all of the clubs that I've visited, all of the federations I've worked with and all of the countries I've consulted in (17 at last count!), these are the three areas that continue to pop up as the main headache that stunts athlete development.
It's this information that I KNOW will have an instant impact on athletes when implemented.
It'll create positive change in the long run, not just short term.
It'll improve the quality of life of both athlete and coaches.
It'll help you to ensure your athlete has a far better chance of fulfilling their potential.
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"I now feel so inspired and positive after the event"

Bev Mickleburgh
Easton Gymnastics Club


Happy coaches coach happy athletes, who in turn are far more likely to perform well.  
This key ingredient is often overlooked, due to the nature of elite sport and how serious it is. But it really is possible for young, high performing athletes to be performing at their best whilst being happy at the same time! This is something we should all be striving for. 
A key philosophy of mine is that 'morale comes before medals,' and no medal is important enough to compromise on the happiness of the athletes I would work with. 
At GymCon 2018, we focused on the key methods for ensuring athlete happiness and satisfaction, delving into my experience of motivating the athletes under my care and getting our guest speakers to share their tactics for making certain that their athletes are happy.


I've lost count of the number of athletes I've witnessed dropping out of the sport far before their potential was reached due to injuries and physical deficiencies.
It's one of the great tragedies of any elite sport and as coaches we have a responsibility to do better, rather than just accepting this as fate to a significant number of gymnasts who participate in the sport.
Over the years, I've learnt that the old adage, 'durability is more important than ability', is undeniably true.
We've all witnessed the 'super talented' athlete that wins every compulsory competition, yet doesn't have the physical or mental robustness to tolerate the demands of the sport going forward.
Equally, I can think of a fair few athletes that have less than desirable levels of 'talent,' yet are able to steadily climb the ranks of competition due to their physical and mental tolerance.
And that 'mental' aspect is key - mental health has come into sharp focus in the last few years and for good reason: generally as a society, we're not that good at recognising poor mental health.
But it's SO important, not just for performance and potential, but for the long-term welfare of the athletes entrusted to you.
Physical, emotional and mental fitness are key ingredients in your high performance mix, and at GymCon 2018, we shared how to take massive strides to accomplishing both.


I've even met a bunch of coaches who are succeeding on the international stAthletes who are HUNGRY to learn are the greatest pleasure to coach and make our lives as coaches significantly easier. There's nothing more frustrating for coaches than their desire to succeed exceeding that of the athlete they are working with. But it's all too common.
There's a bit of an art to creating an environment that fuels the fire of the athletes within it, and fortunately, I have some experience in that area, as well as some great contacts (and speakers ;)) who I'd say are WORLD CLASS at it.
You see, there's more to hunger than "goal setting", and at GymCon 2018, we shared top strategies and hacks to ensure your athletes are motivated to learn and have a willingness to succeed.
With all of those topics being covered it's safe to say GymCon was another 'must-attend' event, packed full of knowledge bombs and hacks to help you raise the bar. 
The fact of the matter is that there's no way that you can watch the GymCon 2018 (Digital Edition), learn about the 'Happy, Healthy, Hungry' formula and not leave with something tangible to take back to your club and effect change for the better.age with a pretty limited understanding of technique and fancy biomechanics.
This recording doesn’t offer 'marginal gains' for your club or athletes; these are significant ones.
In fact there are no greater areas of significance to improve your athletes, I'm confident in that.
Just one snippet of gold dust from one of our world-class speakers could be the difference between keeping an athlete in the sport; happier, healthier and hungrier to learn. And that one athlete could be the one individual that contributes to your rise into the world of world-class coaching and performance sport.
That was Amy Tinkler for me.
And I couldn't have contributed to her rise to World Class results without specific knowledge in these three areas, which was filtered down from those that I had the pleasure to learn from.

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