Entries by dazdrake

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?  […]

Are you a good coach?

Are you a good coach? This is the question I asked the group of students to think about at the University of Hertfordshire, at my latest Guest lecture for David Turner and his final year sport studies students. Well, to be more specific I asked them to come up with an observation checklist that they […]

APA Job Opportunity and Conference News!

Excited to bring you news of further opportunities with APA.  We are looking for S&C coaches to work with our Partners at Gosling Tennis Academy (Hertfordshire) and Challenge Tennis (Bucks).  Full details are below in the PDF  APA JOB ADVERTNov17 role   Racketedge Tennis Fitness, Sport Science and Coaching Conference Also don’t forget I will […]

Periodisation for Teenagers

This week I had a few comments from parents who were concerned about their children lifting weights.  I also had a great meeting with a tennis team about the annual plan of a 13 year old boy and discussion of his strength & conditioning goals for the year. It’s funny how various coaches I admire […]