Coaches Tuck Radio – Episode 18: Culture & Attitude

Episode 18: Culture & Attitude

Culture and attitude. On Episode 18 of Coaches Tuck Radio, Don and Russell discuss the importance that culture and attitude have on performance. What makes a strong culture, who drives it, and what fosters it?

The guys also talk about how people may think they know what they want, but when the rubber meets the road, they really don’t….or at least they don’t really understand what it takes to obtain what they want,

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The Relationship Between Physical and Mental Training

 

When it comes to preparing for a competition or peak in weightlifting, as well as other sports for that matter, physical and mental preparation have an inverse relationship.

At the start of a training block, the emphasis of physical preparation is very general. While you may be working on very specific aspects to improve technical and muscular weakness, the variation in exercises, volume, and intensity are very “general” to that of what the athlete will be doing on competition day, hence the term “General Preparation Phase.”

Conversely, the emphasis of mental preparation and focus should be very specific. Due to the fact that the athlete is trying to address very specific technical weaknesses during the general preparation phase, the athlete must mentally prepare and focus on the specific details of how to properly execute a new task, or a task that needs improvement. From a motor-learning standpoint, this is the Cognitive and Associative learning phases that require very specific thought, practice, and implementation.

Towards the end of a training block with the competition and peak approaching, the emphasis of the physical preparation becomes very specific. Exercise variety drastically plummets to primarily the competition lifts, i.e. snatch and clean & jerk, and training becomes very specific to what the athlete will be doing in competition, hence the term “Competition Phase.” The work put in during the Preparation Phase is being realized.

Conversely, the emphasis of mental preparation and focus should become very general as the competition and peak nears. The technical work and the minutia have been completed, and the athlete should be transitioning into the Autonomous stage of motor learning. As opposed to very specific internal cues of-for example- “shrug the shoulders, keep my lats tight, etc.” more general external cues of “bar close, big pull, let’s go!, etc.” should be used.

What separates the winners from the losers at the highest levels is rarely physical, but rather mostly mental. An important factor in getting to that point is to focus on the general, as opposed to the specific.

Coaches Tuck Radio – Episode 17: Zach Even-Esh

Episode 17: Zach Even-Esh

Passion. On Episode 17, Don is joined by Zach Even-Esh, owner of The Underground Strength Gym in New Jersey, Head S&C Coach for the Rutgers Wrestling Team, and host of the Strong Life Podcast.

Zach is what we call an energy GIVER. His passion for coaching, for life, and his athletes bleeds off and becomes infectious with anyone he comes in contact with. Listening to Zach will get you fired UP!

Don and Zach touch on passion in coaching, business, and life, and what it takes to maintain such a high level of passion when dealing with less motivated individuals and managing a jammed packed schedule.

Zach preaches that “success leaves clues,” so listen in for some clues that have lead to Zach’s success inside and outside of the gym.

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You can follow Zach on Instagram at @zevenesh and @undergroundstrengthgym, online at www.zacheven-esh.com and www.undergroundstrengthclub.com, and please find and subscribe to his podcast, Strong Life Podcast on iTunes.

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Coaches Tuck Radio – Episode 16: Dane Miller

Episode 16: Dane Miller

Dominate. In Episode 16 of Coaches Tuck Radio, Don is joined by Dane Miller, head coach and owner of Garage Strength, and owner of Earth Fed Muscle. In just 5 short years of coaching weightlifting, Dane has developed 9 youth and junior level competitors to the world championship level. The catalyst for that? Well, you may be surprised when you listen.

Additionally, we go into Dane’s background in farming and how its helped shape his mentality as both an athlete and coach, the most difficult aspect of gym ownership, his approach in coaching and dealing with different age groups, life balance, and lastly the process by which Earth Fed Muscles chooses to sponsor specific athletes.

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You can follow Dane on Instagram at @garagestrength and @earthfedmuscle, and online at www.garagestrength.com and www.earthfedmuscle.com

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Coaches Tuck Radio – Episode 15: Exercise Selection

Episode 15: Exercise Selection

Exercise Selection. On Episode 15 of Coaches Tuck Radio, Don and Russ get a little nerdy and discuss a very important piece of the programming puzzle.

Creating consistent improvement in results comes down to: 1) Understanding mechanics and teaching technique, 2) Identifying technical and muscular weaknesses, and finally 3) Creating balance.

Don explains how and why exercise selection is a vital component of a coaches arsenal in creating balance and consistent improvement in results on the platform.

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