Weightlifting Coaching

Weightlifting is the heart of any good Strength & Conditioning Program. The ability to use movements within the gym that improve the players strength, power and endurance is vitally important, however if these movements are not performed in the correct manner, with the correct technique they can become detrimental rather than beneficial.

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I have extensive experience having used weightlifting to assist my own training for over 10yrs. During this time I have sadly made every mistake in the book, whether it is an over-reliance on machine based training, 'bodybuilder' type programmes or lifting weights beyond my capability. I have however, learnt from each mistake along the way.

I have spent a huge amount of time working with some of the country's top coaches, reading research and coaching athletes myself all of which has helped me develop into the coach I am today. I have utilised many different weight training methodologies to prepare for my own sports, including Rugby Union, Waterpolo and competing in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. These experiences have helped me to build my training philosophy and see how important the feedback a quality coach can provide is.

Using my own experiences as an athlete and coach I am able to work with athletes helping them to understand any issues they might have with their technique within the weight room, where this may be causing them problems or stalling their progress as well as how it relates to what they then do in competition, regardless of the sport. I firmly believe that a well-designed resistance training program is the foundation of almost all Strength & Conditioning protocols, it is meant to aid and improve how the athlete performs in their sport.

Too many unnecessary injuries can occur due to careless or less informed coaches insisting their athlete's progress to fast with the weight training, ignoring practice of sound technique in place of the chasing of heavy loads or making the athlete work to exhaustion. My weight room sessions emphasise QUALITY of training long before QUANTITY of the training.