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Are You Micro or Macro as an S&C Coach?



July 31 , 2020 | Posted by Dave Cripps |

Are You Micro or Macro as an S&C Coach?

Bloody hell coaches, the old social media the last week has been very active with contrasting views on the value of mentoring and what it is, not so subtle egotistical tweets and essentially everything which I have no interest in engaging in due to its zero return on helping me.

So I write this wanting to give some real value, but as always often wonder how many of you are open and humble enough to engage in what could be seen as a ‘basic topic’…

You know, the one which everyone says ‘yeah I do that’, but their coaching actions do not match this?

So let me ask you, are you playing a macro game or a micro game in your strength and conditioning?

Like myself, I’m sure you can reflect on previous experiences of valuing a certain approach or training method beyond what it actually returns in performance benefits?

No different to paying Porsche 911 money, for ford Mondeo performance (note, I’ve had many a blue oval car so don’t think I’m being a snob!).

In essence, how are you ensuring that your investment in time and focus on various aspects of what contribute to your performance as an S&C coach, actually returns the very best overall output?

Part of the challenge with this is simply – you can never truly know. And as an industry born from science, we have a natural tendency to devalue most things which don’t have objective, black and white answers.

As an example I saw a tweet stating the future of S&C was in a very specific element of speed training.

When stepping back, how much of a difference does that tiny angle or slight change in focus, beyond the fundamentals, make to the overall performance of those you coach?

Sure it can make a difference, but again, how much?

At the other end, I was watching the Netflix documentary Last Chance U last night which reminded me of the skill many American high school and college coaches have to develop in conducting very large training sessions with teams.

The ability to create an environment, climate for athletes to train in, to maximise intensity towards specific training tasks.

This we can consider a macro factor, something which clearly has broad and wide reaching benefits not just to one athlete, but many at that time.

Which begs the question, how well do we all balance the time we invest in macro factors like this, versus micro factors like joint position on a highly specific drill for a highly specific quality.

Sure, we would ideally have it all, but just as we would all ideally have a few of million a year in our bank accounts, the reality is such luxury’s are very rare.

This article isn’t about telling you what I think, honestly I’m a bit bored of hearing what people think, instead maybe we get more value from people asking the questions like this and letting you reflect on the answer for yourself, based on the environment you coach in?

Have you became too much of a micro player in some areas?

Where have you improved your performance in the macro areas of your coaching?