My Thoughts Monday #1: I’m Not “A Guy”

mtm-logoThis whole idea came to me after reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s “CRUSH IT!” Gary is an interesting individual, people either love him or hate him. Me, I love him. He talks about content, he talks about how he has done things, but most importantly, he talks about putting in the work, which is very similar to how many of us think. In the book he goes through how to build a brand and use social media as a tool, and he talks about building your identity, and that’s where it hit me. In this field, probably more than any other, coaches are pigeon holed into categories more than anywhere else. When I give you the names Dr. Bryan Mann, Cal Dietz, and Joel Jamieson, you immediately reply with VBT, Tri-Phasic, and ESD.   Many people hear my name and the first words that come to their minds are 1×20 and Omegawave.

img_1226Now, how you can be a “piece of technology guy” is beyond me, but I’ve been told this by multiple people. Yes, I have been very fortunate to have an amazing relationship with the company. Yes I have been even more fortunate to be able to implement and utilize the technology for the past 7 years. I have learned a ton and feel that this specific piece of technology is extremely important. With all that said, do I train athlete’s who don’t use it? Yes. Do I train athletes who use other devices? Yes. So, even though I’ve been told that this is one of the pigeon holes I fit into, I’m somewhat confused as to how a button that connects to a phone or iPad dictates that.

1x20rm_coverThose that don’t connect me to Omegawave typically connect me directly to the 1×20 method that Dr. Yessis developed. This has been a huge part of my repertoire for some time now, but to say that is all that any of us who have learned from him and Yosef Johnson do would be quite ignorant.  As a matter of fact there are many things that those of us who use 1×20 as our GPP and/or starting point don’t agree on, including where to start, what’s next, ESD, and many other things, but because the field feels as though we all need to be classified, that’s where we are.

I had that rant to get to the purpose of this new addition to I’m going to go through everything I do with my teams. I’m doing this for three reasons: 1) Vaynerchuk talks about being yourself and putting yourself out there, so what the hell, maybe people will like it and learn from it, 2) because I’m tired of being pigeon holed and I think that I have some content and ideas that can drive discussion and help better the profession, and 3) One major way to improve is to get feedback not just from those who agree with you but those who do not as well. As great as it is to get your ego inflated because the people around you agree with you and pump you up, the real self analysis comes from discussing with people who see things from a different point of view. That is, in fact, the primary goal of everything we are doing here at Central Virginia Sport Performance, we are trying to drive conversation to help better the profession.

With everything we do here I encourage you to share, comment, and ask questions. I’m not going to hide anything so I hope people aren’t holding back either. Maybe this will help me become a better coach because one or all of you see some glaring flaw in what I’m trying to do with my athletes, or maybe one thing someone reads here helps them with something they’ve been struggling to move on to or from for a while. I just hope you enjoy it and it helps us all get better.

The first part of the “program” will be how we develop our program, and what we actually look at and look to do. Part one is meeting with the players and the coaching staff, and how that determines what we are actually attempting to accomplish and how we are going to measure our progress.

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