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How do we coach strength & conditioning?
S&C is a very effective means of developing the physical attributes you need to excel at the sport you love. Whether you are after strength, speed or stamina, we are here for you!
At aps, we have a multi disciplinary approach:
- Understanding how you move and how your sport influences this
- Strength training & conditioning to prepare for the specific demands of your sport
- Movement skill challenges and exploring themes such as momentum, power and balance
- Mobility exercises to improve range of motion
- Managing overall training load to ensure you have enough energy to do both your sport and S&C
- Programme design to optimise sports performance for your lifestyle
We are huge proponents of the performance benefits of holistic health and will help you to explore
- Everyday movement habits
- Sleep and recovery
- Nutrition and hydration
- Mindset and support networks
- Injury & pain management
We’re not about giving you lots of training to do and making you work hard. We believe that S&C done right frees up time and gives you more energy to enjoy and excel at the sport you love!
How is this different from personal training?
To us, personal training is counting reps and repeating generic workouts.
Coaching puts you at the centre. It is about working out your individual needs, looking at the whole picture and finding the best path for you to get the improvements you’re looking for.
We want to help you develop the skills to better manage your own approach to S&C. We want you to understand what goes into your programme and why. Ultimately we would like you to be confident in being your own coach!
How is this different from sports coaching?
Sports coaching is about developing sport-specific skills and techniques. This you’ll usually get from your head coach. At aps we provide a comprehensive coaching service for climbing (sports coaching + S&C). For all other sports our support comes in the way of our S&C coaching.
We love collaborating and are always happy to coordinate what we’re doing with your other coaches.
What does the coaching process look like?
The first step is consultation and assessment. This always starts with a conversation, so we can get to know you, your sport and understand what your aspirations are. We will then do the relevant assessments such as movement and strength tests, range of movement screening and lifestyle questionnaires.
From here we will develop an action plan, which usually includes exercises, movement challenges, exploring new habits and perspectives. This is the beginning of the process of us working collaboratively. Every step of the way, we discuss and decide together the what, how and why.
We provide various coaching options. Based on the assessment, we will discuss what would be a good fit for you.
How much does it cost?
The first session is £60 and will be about 1 hour. Following on from this, we have various options to suit different people’s needs.
I don’t live near your gym. Do you do coaching anywhere else?
We provide remote coaching. This typically involves a combination of video calls, video analysis, tailor-made online content and email support.
What makes you great at strength & conditioning for sport?
We’ve learnt about coaching through multi channels:
Professional qualifications from world class professionals Jarred Powell, Greg Lehman, The Chek Institute, Eric Cressey, Precision Nutrition and Kelly Starett. These cover a wide range of subjects including strength training, natural movement, mobility, nutrition, corrective exercise and holistic health.
Self-study and keeping up to date with current literature across multiple disciplines.
Coaching experience Over a collective 33 years of coaching, we’ve worked with many different clients, with many different aspirations and discovered by lots of trial and error some of the best practical applications of the things we’ve learnt. We’re still coaching and learning every day!
Personal experience Each of us have been involved in various sports to various degrees pretty much all our lives, and we’re all involved in sport now! We have a huge amount of experience in managing sessions, adding in supplemental training, competing and all the various aspects that come with playing a sport.
What sports do you have experience with?
We have worked with many sports, and are especially confident with:
- Jiu-jitsu / MMA
- Running (5km to marathons)
- Team sports
If your sport isn’t on the list please get in touch with us so we can get some more details and work out if we can help you.
What levels are the athletes you work with?
We work with people of all levels and abilities!
The best starting point is for us to get to know you a bit better and what you’re trying to achieve. Once we’ve got a bit more info we can decide together if coaching would be a good fit for you.
I want to train but I don’t know if I have enough time / the right kit to do it.
When you’re involved in a sport, finding time for everything and access to equipment can be a real pain. We completely understand and always aim to make S&C appropriate for you and your lifestyle. We’ll individualise everything to you including how long everything takes and what kit you need. You may be surprised at how little you need to do to make improvements!
I want to be healthier, exercise more and lose weight.
Our main areas of focus – sports training and injury rehab – are all about health. We can apply the same principles to support you with your health goals.
By focusing on improving health, we often find that a person’s weight will adjust (either losing or gaining) to an appropriate level. We aren’t weight loss specialists, so if this is a major aspiration for you it might be worth finding a specialist coach.
I don’t feel I can participate in my sport to the same extent as before my injury. Can you help?
Sorry to hear that you’re struggling to get back to where you want to be. Injury rehab can be a draining process, physically, mentally and emotionally.
The first place we’d look is understanding where you currently are in terms of pain, performance and establish where you’d like to be. Then it’s a case of working out which areas we could make improvements and deciding on the best place to begin.
Through the whole process we will fully support you and do our absolute best to get you back doing what you love, and to the level you aspire to. We’re big believers in the body’s ability to bounce back. With a holistic and individualised approach there’s a good chance you’ll get there and who knows, maybe you can come back even better than before!
I feel like my sport is beating me up. I frequently have pain that limits my performance.
Feeling a bit beaten up by sport is a common and normal feeling. If we’re going to do things like climb rocks, grapple with other humans or race hard it’s likely we’ll feel a bit sore every now and then.
But when it feels like a constant battle to be pain free, that can be the sign that there’s room for improvement. An obvious place to start is to check that your body is capable of coping with the demands of your sport. In other words do you have the necessary mobility, strength, speed etc.
Another approach is to look at the bigger picture. Sleep, nutrition and hydration can have a huge influence on how our body recovers. Load management and mindset can also radically change how we approach our training and sport.
We will support you to explore your options and how to blend it together in a way that best suits you.