If you’re a sports coach or fitness professional and you want to find ways of improving performance then you can’t afford to miss this!
Science has got really good at dividing human beings into separate categories and systems, for example, the cardiovascular system or mental health.
In the last decade, Dave Brailsford popularised the idea of “marginal gains” when he was working with British Cycling, taking a 1% gain in many different areas of performance and resulting in a huge improvement of overall performance.
And it worked.
The British cycling team have been a dominant force in the sport every since.
But the truth is, that in reality, you’re not working with a professional (or funded) athlete, whose job it is to do everything they possibly can to win.
You’re working with people who have busy lives outside of your training session and if you insist on covering all the areas of your sport and/or fitness separately, you’ll simply frustrate your clients.
Let’s take “Martha” for example…
Martha’s in her late 40s. She’s got young children and a full-time job. Her job is very stressful and she uses running as a way of relieving that stress and having some me time.
She’s come to you as a coach, because she wants to challenge herself to run a 10k race, for example.
You know, that in order for her to achieve her best performance in that race that she needs to improve her sleep, she needs to recover well from exercise, she needs to improve her movement, she needs to have strength training, as well. You can see all of that.
But when you recommend all of those things individually, all she sees is that it’s more work, which feels like more stress.
Which, of course, means that her whole goal of running and having some me time to reduce that stress is totally gone because now the running is more stressful than it was and she just feels pressure every time she goes out for a run or has to do all these extra things.
Stress is the leading cause and the leading risk factor for injury so you can guarantee that if she feels more pressure when she’s running, then she’s likely to get injured as well, which will stop her during the race in the first place. So what can you do?
You know all of those extra elements are going to help, but if she feels like she hasn’t got time or that doing those things is too much, then they just won’t get done anyway, so your very best course of action is to find the one thing that will improve them all in one go and focus all your attention on that.
Many areas of performance, like sleep, recovery from exercise, strength training, speed, endurance etc are greatly improved by removing movement restrictions in the body – and the best thing is, you don’t even need to stop or change your regular coaching sessions to do it!
There are so many different ways that you can improve movement within your coaching session that I literally wrote the book on it. It’s called “The Coaches Guide to Long Term Injury Prevention Success” and it outlines exactly how you can reduce the risk of injury and improve performance at the same time!
If you don’t have a copy already, you can go and grab it here.
Dive right in I’ll show you all the different strategies you can use to get all the gains, with none of the strain!