MBSC Internship- Post 2 (Staff Training Week with Coach Boyle)
What if I told you that for a whole week Mike Boyle would give you a mini-seminar everyday! Well as an MBSC intern that’s exactly what you get. A one and a half hour hands on practical with Mike Boyle the entire week. How cool is that! The time was very informative and we got inside the mind of Coach Boyle, learning the nuances of his program and why things are done the way they are. For me, I think that week saved us all allot of money as well. Much of what we learned was a collection of various topics that Coach Boyle has made into DVD’s or addressed at previous seminars. So all in all we were learning new things and saving money at the same time – two plusses for this broke college student! The week was full of new thought processes for coaching but I’ll address the most practical take home point from this week.
The Time Factor of Coaching
We all know those people who have an answer for everything. They know all the facts, concepts, principles, details, and latest research yet when you ask them to apply it in a practical real world setting their dumb as a post, especially when dealing with a group of people. The same is true for strength & conditioning coaches (performance enhancement specialists if you’re 25 years old or under). Many people are well read and can talk about training concepts until the cows come home however when in front of a group a whole new set of factors should run through your mind. For me, the “time factor” was almost none existent in my coaching. I could tell you all about the exercise/workout itself but if you only gave me 55 minutes to get everything in, I would fail miserably because I talk too much. I found myself trying to explain the “whys” of everything to the athletes. Athletes Performance solves this problem by allotting a small block of time each day to educate the athlete/client and empower them with the “whys” of their training; however it’s done at the END of the workout, not during. I think that is the best solution. If you only have an hour for training you really have to get things moving quickly and keep the down time to a minimum.
Sam off in the back thinking about the “whys”
There’s a big push here at MBSC for keeping things running smoothly within the time allotment. For example the time limit for each component is listed right on your coaching sheets:
Foam Roll (0-5min)
Static Stretch (5-10min)
Active WarmUp (15-25min)
etc. . .
you can see how if I am in charge of the group and attempt to give them a summary of trigger point therapy during the first part we might back up the whole workout, which means the group before them is waiting to use the same equipment and I won’t be ready to coach the group after them because I’m still working with the same group. If your business model is similar to MBSC (group training running nearly every 15 minutes) then a big part of your success is each group flowing smoothly from open to close without any traffic jams or hold ups during the day. I’m not aware of any other training facility (that actually gets results!) who is as efficient with their time as MBSC. From beginning to end it’s a constant flow of performance enhancement training with no time wasting.
So how is this all applied? How do you coach groups or individuals efficiently without taking forever? Since it’s only been a week so far my answer is still tentative. For starters I decided to let go of explaining all the “why’s” of things and focus on actually getting them into proper position and moving correctly. I’ll save the education part for the end of the workout or I’ll give them a one to two sentence answer if they do ask during the workout “why are we doing this or that”. But in general I see coaching now kind of like HIIT: Short bursts of high intensity coaching followed by a period of “get the heck outta my face and let me do it now”. This has become my slogan for the summer. Give the athlete great coaching cues that really get the point across then back up and assess (aka let them work on getting strong without you talking to them the whole set). There are definitely exceptions however like “squeeze your glutes, chest up, knees out, pinch my fingers with. . ., etc.” that you tell athlete to do as he is doing the set, but in general I find the “HIIT Coaching Method” to work pretty well and it keeps the workout flowing smoothly and on time! Mainly, you don’t want a case of paralysis by analysis happening, and that’s just what you’ll get if you don’t employ the HIIT Coaching Method. As a matter of fact, that sounds like a good e-book title after I get my 10,000 hours of “experience” in, because everyone knows you can produce a training product until you get those sacred 10,000 hours in.
Take Home Point: With only 1 hour you don’t have time for a Lecture or Hands-on-Seminar during the workout!
Now if you’re just hanging out at the MBSC intern house and you do have all the time in the world with no rush then you can get into deep stuff and talk about them as much as you want . . .
I wanted to focus this week’s blog post on the “outer unit” side this time factor concept. Next week’s installment will be focused on the “inner unit” with much more attention to the details, specifically about coach cue progressions and how to maximize your groups ability to do things the way you want them too.
Sam Leahey CSCS, CPT