Supporting Champions
079: Dan Cable on being exceptional

079: Dan Cable on being exceptional

January 13, 2021

This week I spoke to Dan Cable. Dan is a Professor Organisational Behaviour at London Business School specialising in research and teaching focus on change, organisational culture, leadership mindset. Dan has a new book out called Exceptional, which I must admit was my favourite read of 2020. You might assume from the title and from Dan’s background that the book is about aspiring, goals, striving higher - which I admit was why I got in touch with Dan to speak to him. But the book is so much more than that, for starters Dan begins by sharing his experience of fighting and overcoming cancer, how this propelled him to ask more fundamental questions about his existence and how we can all back ourselves, building on what we have experienced, recognise our inner strengths rather giving ourselves a hard time.

I loved this conversation and I hope it is just the tonic for starting off 2021. Dan is so full of energy, enthusiasm, wisdom and knowledge about how we can all flourish.

 

Notes

Dan discusses his motivation behind writing the book

Post traumatic growth and the harsh insight that something like cancer can give you

Life highlight reels

Being energised, self efficacy and being noticed

Re-humanising the workforce

Meta processing

The stories we tell ourselves about who we are have a way of coming true

The interrelated structure of reality

 

Links

Give Dan a follow in Twitter

https://twitter.com/DanCable1

Dan’s website where you’ll find details about his book.

http://dan-cable.com/

 

Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve

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Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs

Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions

Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.

 

If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/

or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

078: Lizzy Yarnold on talent, ownership of performance and team

078: Lizzy Yarnold on talent, ownership of performance and team

December 16, 2020

This week I speak with Lizzy Yarnold. Lizzy is double Olympic Champion in that chilled out sporting event Bob Skeleton. Lizzy was spotted through a talent identification scheme, selected to be part of the development team for skeleton racing and rose to competitive on the world stage, World Cup winner and took the Olympic gold in Sochi in 2014.

Lizzy discusses the journey towards that gold, how she was able to channel some of the talents she already had, how she could focus under pressure and take the step to the highest heights in the sport. 

She also discusses burning out, needing to take time out from the grind of the sport to orient herself to what is important to her and so refresh herself to take a different approach to trying to win again in Pyeongchang in 2018, which she did, but with a flurry of physical and mental challenges.

Lizzy is thoughtful, fun, softly spoken, ever recognising the collective contribution of those who supported her to perform - but what's always present is a steal, grit, commitment to being a student of her craft her event, and a fiendish ability to compete.

 

Show notes

Sharing her experience through the selection process for skeleton via Girls for Gold 

Trying to fit in and get her foot in the door with Skeleton

Lizzy can switch on her competitive focus

The bleakness of training

Lizzy discusses her winning run in Sochi

The support team and how they were paramount to her success

Lizzy discusses her burnout as an athlete

Becoming more than ‘an athlete’

The critical review and ownership of training

Life after skeleton

 

Links

Lizzy on Twitter https://twitter.com/lizyarnold

Lizzy's website https://lizzyyarnold.com/

 

Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve

Supporting Champions on;

Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs

Linkedinwww.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions

Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.

If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/

or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

 

 

077: Stuart Worden of the Brit School on performance environments

077: Stuart Worden of the Brit School on performance environments

December 2, 2020

This week’s guest is Stuart Worden, Principal of the Brit School. The BRIT (British Record Industry Trust) School is a performing arts and technology school in Croydon, South London and free to attend. But this is no ordinary performing arts school. The alumni read like a who’s who of music, dance, film and production;

  • Singers - Adele, The Feeling, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Jessie J, 
  • Actors - Cush Jumbo, Tom Holland, Cleve September, 
  • Dancers - Twist and Pulse, 
  • Youtube comedians - Percelle Ascot, Joivan Wade

Many more students come through the school who we wouldn’t know, but are the people that set the lighting for concerts or stage shows, write poetry that maybe we haven’t yet read or adapt screen plays that we have yet seen.

So how does a performing arts school support the talent that comes through its doors? How do the school teachers select people to attend? 

In this discussion with Stuart, he shares the values, philosophies, challenges that he and many of the incredibly talented teachers create. What lies at the centre of the discussion that you’ll hear is about environment and how the very sense of a place and what it lives for how it feels - can be a force for the development of incredible performance and people who want to make a difference in this world.

This all against a backdrop of the arts being profoundly undervalued in educational systems around the world and under great threat during the restrictions on gatherings with the coronavirus pandemic.

Stuart has such passion and conviction, his approach seemed to me to be deeply caring about how we should support young people. I found his outlook and insights enriching, as I could feel my worldview being enhanced with every answer he gave. By the end of the discussion I was genuinely enlightened. 

 

Notes

How well the students have responded to the strange times

Exploring specialisation or exploring the whole creative process

The process of applying to joining the Brit School

Artists fundamentally need to be able to display empathy

The importance of activism

What do the Brit School look for in people?

Working hard and realism

Advocacy and mentoring of students

How non-uniform reduces barriers

Rules and regulations

Alumni such as Tom Holland, Tuwaine Barrett enjoy returning and meeting the current students 

The Alumni of the Brit school and how they still contribute to the school

The destination and results are not as interesting as the journey

Stuart’s ambitions for the Brit School and the future

 

Links

https://twitter.com/Stuartworden

https://twitter.com/TheBRITSchool

https://www.instagram.com/thebritschool/

Contribute to the school

https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/11242

 

Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve

Supporting Champions on;

Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs

Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions

Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/

or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.

 

076: Mark Williams on how the best learn to be better

076: Mark Williams on how the best learn to be better

November 18, 2020

This week’s guest is Professor Mark Williams who has spent his professional career understanding the neural and psychological aspects of acquiring skills and developing expertise. Mark has recently published a fascinating book called “The Best”. The subtitle of the book captures your attention though, “How elite athlete are made”. Now you might starting jumping to conclusions that the book tends towards the nurture side of nature vs nurture, but you’d be mistaken. Mark and his co-author Tim Wigmore weave a narrative from the social, economic, environmental and family factors that contribute to success. And in this discussion I explore many of these concepts but ask Mark given that we have a certain set of cards dealt to us, what can we do as athletes, coaches, parents and supporting members of the cast to enable others to succeed, enable others to grow especially during a disruptive pandemic.

Enjoy the pod.

 

Notes

Does Mark constantly analyse performance and expertise?

What is expertise?

Sibling advantage

Maintaining an optimal learning environment in lockdown

Using time in lockdown wisely to hone our weaknesses

The differences between performance and learning, variations in briefing levels of challenge and reflection

Helicopter parenting

How to enable athletes to live a life well outside of sport

Personal effectiveness and developing successful teams

The joint curation of group rules, norms and behaviours, enables the agreed consequences of breaking the group agreements

 

Links

Take a look at Mark’s new book, ‘The best; How elite athletes are made’.

https://www.markwilliamssportsscience.com/

Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve

Supporting Champions on;

Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs

Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions

Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.

If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/

or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

 

075: Mark Richardson and Marcus Smith on drumming performance

075: Mark Richardson and Marcus Smith on drumming performance

November 4, 2020

This week we have two guests, Mark Richardson and Marcus Smith. Mark Richardson is the drummer for the band Skunk Anansie, a band that were figureheads of the Britrock explosion in the mid-nineties, with defining songs Weak and Hedonism and remain a highly influential band 25 years since they were formed.

Dr Marcus Smith is Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester, with background of supporting elite athletes, especially boxers to Olympic success but Marcus loves his music too and as you’ll hear he became curious about how hard drummers work while on stage. This led to him contacting Clem Burke the drummer of Blondie and from there a fascinating project was struck up involving quantification of the physiological demand of performing Their work began to gain momentum and the Clem Burke Drumming Project was founded. And Mark Richardson got involved in the project because in music circles he was known as one of the most ferocious drummers about.

In the conversation, Mark describes his early career, how he found drumming as an outlet, how exploring his own performance with Marcus has opened up his thinking and practice to a much healthier, sustainable way of approaching the demands of performing on stage or touring. They also both share some wonderful spin-offs that the project has had in supporting children with autism too (see the links below).

Make sure you listen right to the end of the episode where you can listen to Mark performing the drumming for "Tear the place up" (courtesy of Skunk Anansie and reproduced with permission)

 

This episode is sponsored by Junius, a multi-award winning, health food + drinks company. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We’ve partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop  make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10.

(Disclosure: Affiliate links are used for each product that we are an affiliate of, which means that if you click that link and subsequently make a purchase, we will earn a commission. You pay nothing extra; any commission we earn comes at no additional cost to you.)

 

Show notes

Drawing comparisons between performers and understanding of what is performance

Marcus discusses how he became interested in music; Blondie & Clem Burke the drummer. PhD with Olympic boxers and sport science.

Heart rate data collection of Clem drumming

Mark - the baddest hardest hitting rock drummer

Marcus discusses why he was fascinated by drummers and specifically fatigue

Mark discussed his childhood and how physical activity helped him not misbehave

Alcoholism, AA meetings and therapy, learning to get fit and stay healthy

The similarities between Premier League football players and drummer

The dichotomy between the perception a=of a having a dream job and the reality of the demands

The need to look after self pre-tour, including fitness, food and mentally

Marcus discussed the importance of asking questions and the person above the numbers

Learning to accept when ‘good enough’

The importance of collaboration and surrounding yourself with people more intelligent than you

Communication through movement and sound reaching out to kids with autism and the benefits of drumming

Outro of Mark playing “Tear the place up” (courtesy of Skunk Anansie and reproduced with permission)

 

Links

If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.

Connect with Marcus on Twitter on https://twitter.com/MarcusSmith78

Mark on Twitter https://twitter.com/markskunkanansi

https://clemburkedrummingproject.org/

Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve

Supporting Champions on;

Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs

Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions

Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/  or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

074: Peter Vint on data, culture and athlete development

074: Peter Vint on data, culture and athlete development

October 21, 2020

This week’s guest is Peter Vint. I’d got in touch with Peter with the full intention of discussing analytics, and the trend towards data and to fully explore the wave of interest, activity and investment in capture, understanding and use of information – and we do explore this especially as he has directed and delivered this function at the highest level at the USOC and in the Ineos sub 2 hour marathon project with Eliud Kipchoge. And now Peter is Chief of Sport at USA Volleyball – so has a much broader leadership role.

But I can’t say we spent the whole conversation discussing data – that’s because Peter is such an interesting person that we ended up exploring adapting to the pandemic, culture, long-term athlete development to name a few areas. So I promise you I’ll be exploring information and data in more detail in future episodes, but in the meantime enjoy a free ranging conversation with someone who over the last ten years of knowing Peter, it’s become apparent to me, that he is a luminary, a source of deep insight and knowledge and philosophy.

 

This episode is sponsored by Junius, a multi-award winning, health food + drinks company. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We’ve partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop  make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10.

(Disclosure: Affiliate links are used for each product that we are an affiliate of, which means that if you click that link and subsequently make a purchase, we will earn a commission. You pay nothing extra; any commission we earn comes at no additional cost to you.)

 

Show notes 

As Chief of Sport at USA Volleyball Peter discusses how COVID affecting the year?

The culture of pay-to-play in youth sport

What could, and should, youth sport look like?

Peter discusses the need of sports people to achieve something very special and the technology that supports these feats

The gap between what we know and what we have and how do we make it useful and impactful

The Ineos Project

Deterministic approach becomes probabilistic

 

Links

Follow Peter on Twitter https://twitter.com/PeterVint

Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve

Supporting Champions on;

Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs

Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions

Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

Graduate Membership enrolments are open for students and graduates to up their skills, join in the conversation about what’s on their mind and to network and connect. If you would like to sign up go to https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/

If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/

or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

 

073: Chris Rosimus on relationships in performance

073: Chris Rosimus on relationships in performance

October 7, 2020

This week’s guest is Chris Rosimus, Chris is the Head of Nutrition at the Football Association, leading all aspects of dietary provision to the England football teams. Prior to that Chris was nutritionist at England and Wales Cricket Board, English Institute of Sport and England Squash.

What was fascinating about this conversation was the route that Chris followed, which you might consider unconventional, if there is such a thing as a conventional route. Chris essentially followed his passions and interests, and what you’ll hear from Chris is how through chance, through his own connection with his experiences and through his intuition, he honoured the ideas that have sparked deep enthusiasm by pursuing them. At the centre of all of these discussions is one recurring theme that Chris has respected and protected during his career, one theme that has enabled him to influence a whole host of elite players and coaches – and that is relationships.

 

This episode is sponsored by Junius, a multi-award winning, health food + drinks company. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We’ve partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop  make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10.

(Disclosure: Affiliate links are used for each product that we are an affiliate of, which means that if you click that link and subsequently make a purchase, we will earn a commission. You pay nothing extra; any commission we earn comes at no additional cost to you.)

 

Show Notes

Chris’ unique route into nutrition, 6 months as an apprentice gas engineer, 6 months making conservatory roofs, 6 years as an alarm engineer

Football coach for kids

Progressing to coaching badges which sparked an interest in nutrition

Chris reflects on how much he has changed

Taking the leap in applying for a nutrition course

A foundation year and learning to be academic and use a USB stick

Chris had a plan and knew he needed experience

First time doing a one-to-one session and struggling!

Common characteristics of a nutritional role

Feeling under pressure, being supported but having to work very hard to survive

Preparing a team for a major event

Having something positive to sell

Research and reading to stay on top of your game

Perceived traits of effective practice

 

Links

Connect with Chris on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-rosimus-a77425180/

Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve

Supporting Champions on;

Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs

Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions

Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions

Graduate Membership enrolments are open until 2nd November 2020 for students and graduates to up their skills, join in the conversation about what’s on their mind and to network and connect. If you would like to sign up go to https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/

If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/

or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

072 Cath Bishop on The Long Win

072 Cath Bishop on The Long Win

September 23, 2020

Dr Cath Bishop competed as a rower at three Olympic Games, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens (and I had the privilege of working with Cath throughout her career), with highlights including winning the World Championships in 2003 and an Olympic silver medal in 2004. As a diplomat specialising in conflict issues, Cath was posted to Sarajevo, Bosnia, Basra and Iraq, as well as leading in Whitehall on the UK civilian contribution to conflicts around the world. 

Cath has written a book, out on 13th October 2020, calling on us all to redefine what winning is. Cath brings extraordinary and insight together, back up with numerous anecdotes, references and her own experience to examine what winning has come to mean to society and to us as individuals and offers a fresh perspective on how we might redefine success – personal and professional - for the longer-term.

 

This episode is sponsored by Junius, a multi-award winning, health food + drinks company. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We’ve partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop  make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10.

Notes

Cath discusses the reasons for writing the book, being tested provoking debate and furthering thinking

Cath was a sporting failure at school

Shifting identity to an athlete and competing at the highest level.

Surviving in a high intensity, high performance environment

Relief at results at a high level but could it be reproduced at the Olympics

Being tough, but how much can you take?

When the results don’t match your physiology you realise there is more to performance

Associating failing to perform with your identity, at the time they were the same thing

If you come second you are a loser, but there is and has to be a different way

The longer you compete the more you realise the mental and cultural side of performance has a huge impact

There is a different psychology around ways to motivate it doesn’t need to be base on aggression or a macho narrative which is self-limiting

The Long Win – why are we still relying on outdated mantras and beliefs?

Athletes and even the athletes who are on the winning podium feeling unfulfilled and empty

Role modelling values and the way in which you can role model performance

Why is it important to win the medal? Why is it you train?

What are the costs of the sport you love, are you buying into them, do you understand them?

What is acceptable in the journey to success and what is unacceptable?

Playing to the longer term metric and strategies in both sport and business

Stating a wider purpose other than results

How can we unlock performance in a different way?

The IOC specifically states that competition is not between nations!

Working in partnership with your athlete and to explore unlocking even more

Links

Links for Cath

https://twitter.com/thecathbishop

https://cathbishop.com/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Long-Win-search-better-succeed/dp/1788601912

Follow us

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A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/

If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/

or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

 

 

071 Mark Webber on racing in formula one

071 Mark Webber on racing in formula one

September 9, 2020

This week’s guest former Formula One driver Mark Webber. During his career Mark won nine Formula one Grands Prix, finishing third on three occasions, while driving for Red Bull racing. Mark has also won the FIA World Endurance Championship with Porsche.

In this interview I ask mark about how he’s making sense of his career now that he’s retired and hear all about a strange mix of feeling fortunate and experiencing the loss of his career. We discuss physically and mentally what he felt he was losing that meant he wasn’t able to compete. Mark shares how he with the help of his father was stretching to ever higher standards and he offers a fascinating insight into competing against the very best in Michael Schumacher. In a really powerful section Mark divulges what it was like to experience some of the most severe and spectacular (in the factual sense of the word) crashes. Perhaps what was just as fascinating was how Mark processed his thoughts and what struck me about this discussion was how effective Mark is at using frameworks to move to action, deliver the necessary behaviours, discipline and focus required to ascend, recover and improve. Much of this is self-taught, instinctive and so perhaps is a talent itself.

 

This episode is sponsored by Junius multi-award winning, health food + drinks company – Junius. Junius have made a superb range of plant-based juices. We've partnered with Junius so that you can benefit from a 10% discount on your first order from a range of themed boxes of 7 juices. When you go to the checkout at wearejunius.com/shop make sure you enter the exclusive code Champions10.

 

Show notes

Mark discusses how covid-19 has affected him and Formula 1

Personality traits, competition scenarios and keeping perspective/composure

Retirement and career reflections

Levels of boredom

Mark does not want to get in a grand prix car again

Grand prix driving is a young mans’ game

It’s tough at the top, winning, tough conversation/messages and self-discipline to adapt

Mark’s youth, how did he rise to the top?

The subtlety of feedback

The paranoid perfection pressure

The crunch moment – not having a plan B

Moments when Mark new he was ‘good’

Winning in Europe

Michael Schumacher the desire, pressure, belief and risks

Adapting to scenarios, team mates and pressures

The crashes

Providing support to others

Hindsight is their foresight

Doing the basics brilliantly and focus on yourself

 

Links

Mark Webber on Twitter

https://twitter.com/AussieGrit

and Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/aussiegrit/

Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs

Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve

Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/

 

A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/

If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/

or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

 

070 Stephen Seiler on how the best train

070 Stephen Seiler on how the best train

August 26, 2020

I would put this week’s guest into a very select place in the world of endurance, one that has combined four often distinct factors, first quality academic research, second in a topic that contributes to elite performance, third creates a paradigm shift that challenges how most of us think about training, and fourthly has been successfully applied to the non-elites, the serious amateur athletes or training for the general population.

Professor Stephen Seiler’s has captured, described, cross-referenced and validated the unique training patterns of the world’s best athletes and has found a somewhat remarkable, counter-intuitive trend – that the training they do is polarised, that is that the best endurance athletes make their easy training easy and their hard training hard. This has become known as the polarised approach.

Stephen and his research group’s contribution to endurance sport took a bit of time to become recognised, now is widely accepted, considered and underpins the practice and thinking of coaches and athletes around the world.

We have a right old natter in this discussion, and in truth we could have spoken for hours more, we take a good couple of hours to explore, psycho-physiology, training, periodisation, philosophy and we both coin some new markers of over-training. We actually sort of drifted into a fascinating discussion right from the off, before we really started, which is representative of what you’ll hear, much less an interview but much more of a long-form conversation

 

Show notes

Talking shared book titles, Star Wars

Steve and Stephen discuss children and the role of parenting, ensuring you are mindful of their resilience and coaching them in their chosen field

Stephen discusses his daughter’s eating disorder and the areas he needs to be mindful of. Passing on the mantle of coaching, Stephen’s role will then have been fulfilled.

Gathering teams with different skills sets communicating effectively and putting the athlete in the centre

Stephen discusses the routine, the mundane aspects of high performance and planning for the extraordinary.

Self-doubt and elements of OCD within athletes regardless of achievement or performance level.

Providing positive support to athletes during competition

Getting bogged down in the details whilst forgetting the exceptional work completed over the long term

Interval training relax this is not rocket science!

Confidence versus certainty

Agile periodisation

The cheetah - moments of aggression

The adaptive advantage of the polarised approach

Signal versus stress

Staying under the stress radar

Getting the athlete and the coach on the same page

The relevance of subjective indicators

The hair in the yoghurt indicator!

Evolution and innovation of training

Resistance to change

I have been a gold medallist and I can be one again

Science meets arts and the development of new constructs for explanation

 

Links

Follow Stephen on twitter

https://twitter.com/StephenSeiler

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Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve

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