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Author archives: Dave Cripps



July 2 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

Have We Missed Something With Wattbike Conditioning?

It must have been around 2008, the first time I set eyes on her. Beautiful looks, fine lines and a feisty reputation. Yes, it was a WattbIke. I’m confident most of you have used or do use this tool, commonly to improve conditioning, particularly during high force, high intent, repeated bouts of work. Although… ‘Have



June 24 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

Top 4 Tips to Getting ‘the buzz’ to train at home

Finding the motivation to train and exercise at home can be tough, particularly having been in lockdown now for some time. One of the biggest reasons? It’s much harder to get the “buzz” that comes from smashing your PB, with the personal coaches/trainers bouncing, members nodding approvingly and some outstanding trance anthems blasting (music taste



June 8 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

The Biggest Challenge in Youth S&C, coach?

Have you, or do you still coach youth athletes? Most if not all of us have at some stage in our strength and conditioning career’s. But I often find myself wondering: Why is this likely the most challenging niche to coach in and how can this make me better? Since 2006 I’ve always had coaching



June 8 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

Did you know this about your mindset and fitness?

Its been busy here at Coalition Performance, Solihull. Demonstrated firstly this week in the videos of me driving a cherry picker around and being in the ceiling. Then an initial reveal on how we are evolving the personal training stations which were already industry leading, to now even further ahead. Actually, last night we purchased



May 27 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

The Great Protein Secret

Eating more protein is all the rage at the minute, in fact I would hazard a guess that you’re already aware that eating more protein is “good for you”. Yes, it definitely helps muscle recovery post training, and yes it will help keep you full for fewer calories BUT… There’s one scientifically proven reason why



May 19 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

Your Tendons are like my Birthday Steak

I was fortunate enough to have had a great lockdown birthday this past week! As well having coffees made for me all day and full control of Netflix (Brand new series of the Last Kingdom) the real highlight was a perfectly cooked butchers rib eye steak. As I was meticulously seasoning every millimetre of steak,



May 12 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

Coaches Insights: Coaching from the shoulders of giants.

The shoulders and our ability to effectively coach performance in them, to maximise strength and other physical qualities during S&C, is an outcome important for many of us I would expect? Yet do we have an understanding and the skills practically in our toolbox to do this as effectively as possible? Do we do this



May 7 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

Is your CPD transfering to coaching performance?

The recent webinars set up by Aiden Oakley and Rob Pacey were hugely well received, and rightfully so. These along with recent evidence that S&C has been very CPD driven during lockdown has bought up a couple of intriguing points. I’m sat in my training facility each day alone, while the rest of the coaching



May 4 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

Training your brain, staying positive

I was lucky enough to recently attend a Zoom seminar (“zooming” is definitely my bet for this year’s dictionary addition!) led by one of our fantastic members, Sally. Sally specialises in delivering first class training on how to be more resilient and it was a real eye opener for several reasons. Eye opener number 1: