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April 18, 2015

Hacking Movement Quality, Expert Performers and What You Need to Know to Move Like Them

One pattern that has stood out to me recently is related to the idea of movement quality. The term gets thrown around a lot, but how exactly is “movement quality” exploited by expert performers? How can a skills coach teach better skills? How can a strength and conditioning coach have gym “movement quality” transfer to performance?

One answer is: teach the “proximal to distal gradient”

WTF is the “proximal to distal gradient”?

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March 12, 2015

Sequencing: Your Hack for Rapid Improvement

This article is about how I got 400% better at golf in 2 hours.

It’s also about “sequencing”, and why sequencing can hack your learning rate.

In previous articles, I’ve already outlined that the most important variable for success is your RATE of improvement, and that the best coaches give feedback on HOW, not just WHAT. Sequencing is a powerful tool to increase your RATE of your improvement, and also for coaches who are concerned with coaching the “how”.

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February 11, 2014

Coaches as Habit Makers

I was coaching atom players the other day, and I was the assistant coach on the ice so didn’t have complete control over the group. I noticed that many of the young players were not keeping good habits. For example, they were not paying attention to what their sticks were doing during the drill: some had them in the air, some had them flying around out of control, and yet some had them trailing behind them as they skated. Had this been my practice, I would have stopped the drill and made each of the players aware of their stick behaviour. We wouldn’t have moved on until each of the players had perfect stick behaviour during the drill. This may sound extreme, but I consider my role as a coach to be the supreme habit maker.
September 3, 2013

Habits: Notes

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While moving back to Vancouver from Victoria for my third year at UBC, I came across some notes I had scribbled on some post-it pads. I liked some of the wisdom scribbled on them, so figured I would write a blog article with the notes I had scribbled and what implications this may have to your athletic career. Also, with school around the corner, setting up some good habits is always a good use of your Tenergy. 

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