Category Archives: Thoughts

August 04

A Philosophy of Coaching

One of the topics we focus on in our education programme, ADAPT, is the importance of analysing and developing your own philosophy of coaching. Coaching is more than just passing on knowledge and information, and it’s far more than just facilitating training sessions or activating participants. Coaching is a high-level human interaction skill, and as […]

July 23

Coaching Cues: The C6

  CUE-JUTSU #6 When it comes to cueing for coaching movement you’ve got to get it right. And there’s a lot to get right! I’ll always teach new coaches the C6 rule – and ask them to check their cueing against these 6 simple standards. So when cueing, ask yourself the following six simple questions […]

May 01

Why Extreme Sports Aren’t Extreme

It’s a very cool title isn’t it: Extreme Sports! Often seen with a dropped ‘E’ so you get some form of X-treme or X-awesome or x-whatever, because hey, doesn’t that make it even more hardcore, even more cool, even more rebellious? That’s sticks it to The Man, for sure, right? X’s are just bad-ass! But […]

February 15

Why You Need To Mind Your Movement

What I have learned over the years of training is that no matter how you evolve your body it really means very little unless you also evolve your mind. We are quick to want to change the body, to strengthen, improve, shape, tone, build… But how easily or often do we attempt to change the […]

January 23

Undoing the Architecture of Fear

Fear is an edifice we build within ourselves. Unless you’re inhuman, you know fear. It’s natural. It’s healthy. It’s a survival mechanism designed to warn you against very real dangers and guide you safely through times of risk and uncertainty. But, if you’re like most people, the mechanism has got out of hand and grown […]

October 12

Stop Deconstructing: Start Moving!

The deconstruction of movement in the fitness industry is rife. I’ve encountered so many ‘experts’ and methods that reduce what are the most natural and holistic aspects of our athleticism in an attempt to identify their component parts and so produce some kind of holy grail for understanding movement, when in actuality all that is […]

September 24

The Art of the Hero

I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people. Maya Angelou I was raised on tales of heroes. The seed was planted by my mother. She read me the entire Lord of the Rings saga, one chapter per night every night, long before I could read […]