Having booked my place on this course some time ago I was certainly ready and looking forward to being a learner again.
Brendan Chaplin’s L4 S&C course had been on my radar for some time since he had done the Biomechanics Coach Diploma several years ago.
The portal access prior to the face to face weekend gave video footage of previous face to face days which would be helpful for people wanting to know what to expect.
Mostly I was looking forward to being immersed in a subject I love and I arrived in Leeds far too early 7:20am, the gym didn’t even open until 8am!!
So McD’s hot chocolate it was then …
Clearly I wasn’t the only keeno as when I walked back to Firehouse Fitness there was another eager character waiting for the place to open. Martin and I introduced ourselves as we waited.
Firehouse Fitness is a great gym and clearly very popular but they still accommodated us nicely.
As we gathered in reception it was really unexpected but made my day to find that our tutor was Stuart Aimer, whom I had previously met at the Elite Performance Institute S&C Course at Brunel University some time ago! He facilitated the 9 of us with an introduction and then we got practical pretty much straight away – brilliant- just what I like!
Day 1 Of The Strength & Conditioning Level 4 Course – Movement Assessments, Warm Up & The Snatch
Day 1 with my new weekend buddies was assessments and the R.A.M.P warm up.
This was where I imagined the intrinsic biomechanics tests would fit perfectly since their roots are in elite sport from 30yrs ago. So I imagined programming 4 sign, spine mobility and nerve mobilisations in here for my case study when I get started.
Stuart took us through ideas for preparation, into drills and discussions around the purpose of each phase to clarify understanding.
Everyone was on the same level and Stuart managed the group really well without anyone being made to feel uncomfortable and the perfect level of humour and fun was felt all weekend.
It was fantastic to be a learner again for many reasons but importantly as a teacher it gives me the opportunity to be reminded of what my own learners may experience during my workshops.
The discussions that twist and turn as each of us questioned Stuart to better understand the concepts. The frustration and confusion until the penny drops and the excitement as we realised the reason we are each here and how we will apply these skills into our own businesses.
The discomfort of having our imagination stretched is something we should all learn to embrace and the teacher should support us through this which is exactly what Stuart did for us.
The afternoon was snatch down practice and most were relatively new to this so I worked with Emma and Emily on the women’s bar and we coached each other after Stuarts demos of each phase.
Everyone had a go and there was a huge variety of movement ability but it didn’t matter as no pressure was put on the group.
By the end of the day we were all ready for our beds…well I know I was anyway!
However I was super excited to start reading my L4 S&C handbook as I am keen to learn more about periodisation specifically.
Wow I am really impressed at the level and the amount of content within the learner manual. Much more than I had expected and a lot of detail about how to structure a periodised S&C training plan.
Day 2 Of The Strength & Conditioning Level 4 Course – Speed & Agility And The Clean & Jerk
Day 2 we worked on speed and agility drills and how to build up gradually ready for team sports and/or speed work.
We each coached each other and after lunch, we got into groups for the clean and jerk session. Again top down.
The whole environment was friendly and accommodating and Stuart managed the group really well with a calm and approachable teaching manner.
Driving home I felt excited about the application of the periodisation aspect for my case study. In fact, I have 3 even though I only need to do one over 8 weeks.
A rugby player
An olympic lifter
So I have arranged the first assessment and am looking forward to logging into the online portal for the extra tuition material SCE provides.
However, my head space at the moment only has room for the brand new Biomechanics Education Academy!!
Photos and video coming next time!!
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