Entries by dazdrake

FREE Ebook: Fun Games for Kids

This blog is one I am really excited to write.  I have been really enjoying mentoring some of my assistant coaches recently.  Like all things in life there are challenges to every business.  I recruit a lot of part-time S&C coaches, who at some point will often move on to a full-time job unless I […]

Want to come and work for APA?

Dear coaches, APA are recruiting for a part-time strength & conditioning coach at Gosling Tennis Academy.   The role at Gosling starts immediately and would ideally suit someone who is looking to gain valuable experience in a high performance environment. We welcome applications from all candidates.  It is not essential that you are available to […]

Multi SkillZ by Coach2Competence Product REVIEW

Hey everyone. I’ve been doing a bit of self-directed Continued Professional Development (CPD) over the last few days.  I decided to purchase the ”Multi Skillz” online video library, produced by Coach2Competence.  It cost £266 or 299 Euros for the first year subscription and £35 per year thereafter. Background on the company: Kenneth Bastiaens is currently […]

What can Personal trainers learn from working with kids?

This year I have been fortunate to have a number of coaches assisting in various roles within APA.  One coach in particular Shay Khan, had a fantastic opportunity to go to Kuwait for two months, which came having just completed one month working at Gosling Tennis Academy with the junior academy squads.  I wanted to […]

What is First Step Speed- who cares?

This weekend just passed I had the great pleasure to induct another six candidates through the first part of the 1st4sport Level 2 certificate in Strength & Conditioning. For those of you who haven’t come across it the basic progression looks something like this: Level 1 => Design a weekly schedule based around foundation strength […]

FREE Speed Technical Checklist

Hi everyone, firstly a belated Happy New Year.  I resisted the temptation to do a ‘Best of 2017’ Blog post this year and I have previously written about all the Pro team pre-season schedule I have been using over the last few years.  You can read more about it here and here.  But needless to […]

When’s the best time to focus on single leg training?

Best time to focus on Single leg training When’s the best time to focus on single leg training? If you had asked me this question 10 years ago I might have given you a different answer.  Early in my career I was influenced by the NASM Personal Training certification and their method.  [Full disclosure: I […]

RacketEdge Conference 2017

Racketedge Conference 2017 Last weekend I had the privilege to be invited to speak at the inaugural Racketedge conference. I was really excited as I have been a professional colleague of Howard Green for several years and I was delighted that he has set up a company ‘Racketedge’ partnering with Jonny Fraser- and then setting […]

Heart Rate Monitoring for Tennis

Last Thursday I had the privilege of presenting to a group of Master Performance Coach (MPC) candidates at the Lawn Tennis Association National Tennis Centre.  This is a Level 5 Tennis coach qualification and represents the highest level you can get in Tennis coaching. I’ve previously wrote about Heart rate Monitoring which you can read […]

Why 12-year olds should lift weights!

In this week’s blog post I want to discuss a topic which has come up again recently, and it’s a topic that will not go away.  It concerns resistance training and youths. Pictures of Cruz Beckham on Instagram lifting heavy weights prompted the question  — how young is too young to be performing bench presses?  […]