Today we introduce our fourth presenter for The 2017 Seminar, Bartholomew Strength’s Brett Bartholomew. If you haven’t had a chance to hear Brett speak before you are in for a treat. Brett is one of the most passionate people in the world of high performance, and his ability to connect with athlete’s and coaches in all walks of life is what makes him one of the best of the best. We couldn’t be more excited to have Brett on the docket this July!
JD: If you could, please give our readers a little background information about you, what your niche in the world of athletics is, accomplishments, how you got there, education, any products you have available and/or notable publications.
BB: I am a strength & conditioning coach, consultant, speaker and Founder of the performance coaching and consulting company Bartholomew Strength which serves as a medium for strength coaches worldwide to contribute their perspective and expertise to companies and organizations both within and outside of the world of S&C.
My experiences are comprised from both the team side of athletics as well as within private sector, and although my primary niche would be considered NFL off-season preparation as well as mixed martial artists, I have been fortunate enough to work with a diverse range of athletes from 23 sports at all levels ranging from youth to the professional, Olympic level as well as active duty members of the United States Special Forces. Brett has coached and presented in over 10 countries, nearly all 50 states and at 2 Universities along with military bases nationwide.
From an entrepreneurial standpoint, I have been involved in the strategic growth of two separate performance companies and have created mentoring programs to help connect with young coaches both within the United States and internationally.
Lastly, I am a proud member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and hold both their CSCS & RSCC *D distinction. I obtained my Bachelors in Science degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, and my Masters of Science in Education ( Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he obtained his Masters of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in exercise science with an emphasis in motor behavior and wrote research on the topic of motor learning, cueing and attentional focus in human performance (attached within the email and linked HERE)
JD: Discuss with us the mistakes you see made by strength and conditioning coaches in the United States and around the world, and what you feel should be done differently/how to correct these issues.
BB: I don’t consider it my place to “poke holes” and critique the work of others without knowing them personally or fully understanding their respective situations but I do believe that far too many coaches try to make things far too complex from a training standpoint, and often get caught chasing novel interventions instead of focusing on doing the simple things savagely well. This is likely a byproduct of the massive amount of information that is currently available which can actually become a deterrent to our search for continual clarity in that it often makes coaches feel as if there is something they are “not doing” or that they need to keep up with their peers even though their situation(s) may be different.
JD: What advice would you give a coach to improve knowledge in the lines of continuing education, meaning could you point our readers in a direction to find the scientific and practical information to improve the methods they use to improve performance?
BB: Don’t just search within the annals of physiology and strength and conditioning based research. Broaden your scope and understand that to be considered truly “multidisciplinary” in what you do that you must seek to learn from a variety of professions ranging from those within the corporate world as well as the social sciences. Many of the problems that we face in coaching essentially comes down to those of sociology, psychology, business and organizational leadership. What we do is very unique, but it is not “special” as we are trying to solve many of the same issues as those within the professional world around us. In regards to information that you can use to improve performance specifically, the best resource is your phone or a good handshake. Go meet and speak with current coaches. Offer to buy them lunch/and or dinner and have the consciousness to be quiet and let them do the majority of the talking.
JD: If you could give a brief description of what our attendees can expect from you at The Seminar?
BB: Attendees can expect me to be as open as possible and a straight-forward communicator. I’ve had both my share of victories and battle scars within my career. I was fortunate to be put into some unique situations early on in my coaching journey that would have exposed me for a fraud if I wasn’t on top of my game or if I didn’t know my stuff and those experiences along with risks that I was willing to take are largely what has forged my belief in my abilities today. I have had plenty of people that I have learned from observationally, but never had a “true mentor” and at times have also experienced the ugly side of this profession in regards to coaches not wanting others to succeed because of their own circumstances or personal issues. Because of this, I try to give as much as I can to coaches who show a desire to learn, improve, share and most importantly- have an attitude and value system of collaboration instead of competition.
JD: Thanks Brett, any closing thought?.
BB: I’m grateful to be a part of this. Thanks once again for having me! I did not include this in the first question/response, but I also have a book that was released this year called “Conscious Coaching” which discusses the underlying science to the art of coaching and what we as coaches can do to build better buy-in and connect with our athletes and those around us in order to get the best out of them.
Who is Brett Bartholomew?
te teams, professional teams, members of the Unites States Special Forces, professional fighters within the UFC and boxing as well as several Fortune 500 businesses. Taken together, Brett has coached a diverse range of athletes from across 23 sports at levels ranging from youths to Olympians and Super Bowl Champions. His coaching and speaking has spanned the globe, from China to Brazil and numerous stops in between.
As an entrepreneur, Brett has proudly served as a teammate and supporting partner in the strategic growth of two separate performance companies and is a highly sought-after consultant and mentor for many others across the United States and abroad. Additionally, his work and expertise has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets.
His book, Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In (Amazon), achieved “Best Seller” status in the categories of “Sport Coaching” (#1), “Business/Money” (#8) ,and was ranked in the “Amazon Top 100 Books Overall.”
Brett is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) where he holds both their CSCS*D & RSCC*D distinctions. He is a proud graduate of Kansas State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he obtained a Master of Science in Education in exercise science with an emphasis on motor behavior, cueing, and attentional focus in human performance.
You may reach Brett by via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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