Sunday, December 27, 2009

Herb Brooks

If you haven't read anything about Herb Brooks, and you are interested in athletic development, coaching and leadership, you should. I am pretty clueless when it comes to understanding details of the sport of hockey, but I'm just fascinated by Herb and his strategies for producing excellence. Here are three books I recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about him:

The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey

Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind by John Gilbert

America's Coach by Ross Bernstein

And you can find the Herb Brooks Foundation website here.

I am looking forward to chatting up Jack Blatherwick this June at the GAIN Apprentorship and hearing some great Herb stories!

Hard to believe it will be 30 years this February. Where were you when this game was played?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Shoulder Position for the Snatch Grip

For my Crossfit friends who are visual learners.

Poor position

Corrected position

Got it? Now send this post to every affiliate you know and help them see what good positioning looks like.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Big Peeps Need Mobility Too

It is imperative to make the tall athlete mobile and strong. They need to train to move like their more modest-sized teammates; they need to be physically competent and well-rounded in their movement skills/patterns. It is a shame when tall kids get pigeon-holed into certain positions early in their career. They are capable of doing much, much more if given a process-oriented training plan and time to work with their bodies.

BTW, The Thin Man is literally busting out of his school pants and shorts these days. We don't focus on buns, not guns! Chris is up to 207 lbs and giving his older brother, Sean (Notre Dame sophomore rugby player, 6' 6" 230 lbs), a run for his money in the gym. Sean says he's got more than a little training to do back in South Bend before he can come back at Christmas break and hang with Chris.

USC Trojan men's volleyball coach Bill Ferguson will be in town in a few weeks to watch Chris practice. I think he will see a very different athlete from one he worked with this past July at the USA Volleyball camp in Florida.