With the growing emergence and popularity of female footballers and National AFL League starting next year. I thought I’d address some of the common myths, physiological and biomechanics differences and key areas that must be addressed to ensure female athletes reduce their risk of injury and optimise their performance.
I've been fortunate enough to train many elite female athletes including arguably one of Australia's best female AFL Footballers Katie Brennan..click below to read more
One of the amazing perks of my job as a strength and conditioning coach is the ability to meet and network with an amazing array of elite professionals in the professional sporting sector..having contacts at numerous elite clubs and institutes permits me the ability to gain access to some fantastic coaches and athletes that the general public usually are not privy to. I was recently interstate consulting with some of my athletes in Melbourne and talked Essendon footballer and USP Athlete Sam Michael into letting us follow him around for the day to see what goes on behind the scenes at Essendon
A few weeks ago one of our young gun footballers in our junior elite coaching program broke an unofficial world record in the Chin Ups-11 year old Kobe Cumming busted out 23 chin ups.
Click below to check out the Video of Kobes breaking attempt record.
It started out like any regular training session…then all of a sudden it kicked in…
My Whole body was going into what felt like a spasm…
At first I thought I was putting it on…
My whole body Flapping and flailing around like I was having an epileptic fit….
It felt like something was trying to escape from within my body underneath my skin….
Like I was possessed or having an exorcism…
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One of the most challenging issues for both the head coach and strength and conditioning coach is how to plan and periodise training during the actual competition season. Because it’s impossible for teams to peak year round.
How much work can athletes tolerate before they get injured, overtrain or match day competition performance suffers?
How little training can athletes perform to enhance their performance during the season?
Sometimes I’m lucky, Generally, when athletes utilize my services they are more reactive than pro-active. What I mean is that they usually seek out my services when they need them…they have been suffering an injury and have failed to successfully rehabilitate it…they have may have been cut from the rep team….they may have been delisted from their sporting club..or they simply may not be performing at the levels they should-or know they can…
Following on from The Gold Coast Bulletins story and Fox Sports Feature on USP Athlete and Essendon Recruit Sam Michaels selection, the Herald Sun Newspaper covered the amazing story in todays April 4th newspaper and provides an insight into what Sam Michael did to go from Delisted to Drafted! I’m humbled to be acknowledged in the article!
Click link to check out the awesome article on Essendon Player Sam Michael.
Following on from The Gold Coast Bulletins story on USP Athlete and Essendon Recruit Sam Michaels selection, Fox Sports Footy came down to our USP PIT Gymnasium to see exactly what Sam Michael did to arrive at Essendon Footy Club in better physical condition than many of the Essendon players that had been at the club for an entire pre-season!
It’s worth the watch as you’ll see some revolutionary, unique, mind blowing techniques for Strength, speed and power development designed to make you an elite physically dominant, powerful, bullet proof athlete that have
never been seen on TV!!
Stoked to have the Gold Coast Bulletin down to our USP facility to check out USP athlete and final Essendon recruit Sam Michaels training session!! Shout out to legends Tom Boswell and Sean Lawson for the coverage.
Have you ever missed out on selection for your club, rep or state team? Imagine how USP Athlete and former Brisbane Lions player Sam Michael felt after being delisted by the Brisbane Lions after a handful of games. It would have been easy for him to give up on his hopes and dreams. Instead he would not take NO for an answer. That attitude sees him lining up for the Bombers against
One of the great things about being a strength and conditioning specialist in the Sports performance Enhancement industry is meeting like minded individuals! Following on from Sam Michaels invitation to train with Essendon as a top up player I was fortunate enough to catch up with Essendon S and C Coach Paul Turk to talk shop. The Essendon coaching staff were extremely impressed with Sams physical condition given the fact he had not undertaken pre-season training with an AFL club and had sought out our services at USP to physically prepare him for the football year to come.
It's official USP Athlete Sam Michael has just signed a contract with Essendon as their final top up player!! When young athletes are overlooked for selection on teams, the best advice you can give them is to play so well they can't ignore you! That's exactly what Sam Michael did in his dominant performance for Essendon last week!
Observe many of the youth and adults in society and you’ll see many varied and interesting postures. As a result of occupation/poor ergonomics (sitting down), program design and exercise selection (anterior dominant bench and biceps curls and squats), life style (lack of movement, video games, computer work etc), developmental disfunction present during childhood-optimal posture is rare (1).
Having coached thousands of athletes over the past 16 years, a common challenge is dealing with acne and pimples especially through their teenage years! Not only can it be painful and leave scars for a lifetime, it can wreak havoc on an athletes confidence and self esteem. I was fortunate enough to study with one of the worlds leading functional medicine experts Sam Queen who was kind enough to share some amazing tips that worked tremendously well every single time without the use of prescription medications.
I was listening to a colleague of mine Chucky Poliquin who has trained Olympic Gold medallists in 18 sports. He was discussing the concept of personality profiling to figure out what specific training athletes respond best to. This is revolutionary as previously it would take an elite coach 4-6 weeks to figure out what works best!! Using these concepts and results from personality profiles allows you as a coach to individualise a program immediately for accelerated results.
I actually cheated my way to success and Im going to let you guys know how you can do the same…
Success Leaves Clues….
You just have to recognize and identify them…
Elite Strength and conditioning Coach David Boyle success coach said it was 50 years of plagiarism of other coaches work that allowed him to reap the results he produces today!!
All of my most successful clients..ranging from world class athletes to Multi-millionaire business owners all had one thing in common…
They all had a coach……
They all had a mentor….
If running, jumping, sprinting and kicking aren’t hard enough-try adding extra weight…That’s what exactly what AFL Superstars Kurt and Joel Tippett have been trialing over the off-season. The new Exogen light wearable resistance technology can allow athletes to go where traditional strength speed and performance enhancement training can not! According to Joey Hayes, strength and conditioning specialist and owner of Ultimate Sports Performance on the Gold Coast, he stumbled upon the Exogen technology 3 years ago whilst consulting with coaches from the Malaysian Institute of Sport.
Through my travels I've come across some truly amazing coaches many of whom I deeply indebted to for offering me many insights to accelerate my coaching results and performance. One of those coaches is Boston Based Strength and conditioning coach Mike Boyle. These are some of the insights gleaned by Boyle through more than 30 years of coaching. Enjoy!
A mentor of mine said, "clarity leads to power"! What he meant was that if you don't know where you're going, how do you know how to get there or even when you get there?
I was having a chat with the most capped USP PIT Athlete and reigning 2015 Grogan medallist Callum carseldine about his AFL Club leadership day.