Our ability to perform optimally and adapt optimally to a given training session varies day to day. Stress, sleep, nutrition, and recovery modalities all interact to determine our “readiness to train”.
In Part 1 of The ABC’s of Coaching, I explored the parallels between my time working as a kindergarten teach and my dream job that I now possess, working as a Strength and Conditioning coach. In this next installment I am going to elaborate on the unique learnings that I had teaching a room full of 4 and 5 year olds, which have proved invaluable in my transition to full-time strength coach and business owner. Let me preface this information by saying that I have worked with athletes from 9 to 30’s, amateur to professional, Big league All-star to fighting to make the team, and the approach is always the same, in that it isn’t!
In my previous life (after completing 5 years as a student athlete and before I thought you could actually be a performance coach as a career), I had a brief stint where I sought out the challenge to impart knowledge on a new generation of learners in a more traditional sense. I was an elementary school teacher. I completed a Bachelor of Primary Education, was certified by the Ontario College of Teachers and off I went to conquer Kindergarten. While my experience was much tamer than ‘the Arnolds’ was in the classic 90’s comedy Kindergarten Cop, it really illustrated the value of clear, concise and conscious communication.