This is a variation of one of my favourite stretches. Stretches your rotational slings right from your thumb to your big toe. The band actually works in assisting thoracic extension, activating the core and allowing you to rotate like a champ! #CoachGlass #PowerSlings
March 7th, 2014
Xercise O’ Tha Week: Reverse Lunge Power Sling Stretch
March 5th, 2014
Coach Glass Podcast: Episode 3: Spark! Inspire Athletes to Greatness
What do these people have in common?
SPARK! The greatest athletes and most successful people in the world started their pursuit for excellence with a SPARK! I share my thoughts on the Olympics, how people like Steve Nash & Mike Weir created a generation of athletes who believe! The Philippians have Manny Pacquiao and Arnel Pineda. The LPGA is dominated by young Korean women who were ignited 7 years ago by Se Ri Pak! Learn how the Glassman almost became a Tap Dancer?
#DreamBigOverDeliver and be #Undeniable!
March 4th, 2014
Coach Glass Podcast: Episode 2: Are you an Old School Coach?
Jason Glass shares what it means to be an old school coach! Athletes need boundaries and the younger they are the clearer the boundaries need to be! Dogs, kids and clients like black and white NO grey. Earn Respect: Coach Fleming (Flash) and the art of Laser Point Coaching #DreamBigOverDeliver and be #Undeniable!
March 3rd, 2014
Coach Glass Podcast Press Conference Announcement
The Big Announcement: We had a bit of fun with this one! Hope you enjoy the clip and subscribe to the Coach Glass Podcast. 5 Stars, leave a comment and get involved with the coaching community!
March 2nd, 2014
Coach Glass Podcast: Episode 1: Start of Something BIG!
I am so excited to share with you my newest project. I have been working on this for months and it is finally a reality! This podcast is made for you! Get involved and join the community of coaches who want to take their coaching, businesses, brands and life to the next level. Here is how it works. You go to iTunes and subscribe to the podcast. Listen, enjoy, rate 5 Stars if you like it and then share with your friends! Its that easy and you will receive my podcast every week right to your computer or your phone to listen in your car, office or anywhere you like to get inspired.
Coach Glass Podcast Episode 1: Start of Something BIG!
What is a coach? A coach is someone who inspires other to maximize his or her potential. What is the Coach Glass Podcast all about? It’s about being a great coach! What to expect? 30min of the Glassman every Wed plus interviews with my friends and colleagues from the road because the best convos happen on the road. Being your own coach: we will cover performance info that you can use with your students or yourself. Walk the walk, talk the talk and be the example. #DreamBigOverDeliver and be #Undeniable!
March 1st, 2014
Xercise O’ Tha Week: ValSlide Push Ups
This is a great way to add some intensity to your boring old push ups! Scapular stability is at a premium to maximize hand speed! Give it a shot and go to our Facebook page and comment or share a video!
February 12th, 2014
Xercise O’ The Week: Stability Push Up
I like to use this exercise as an assessment tool. For all you FMS fans out there this is very similar to the Trunk Stability Push Up. To pass this test you need to start in a prone position and press yourself up in one piece. That means that the whole body moves as one. A fail would be if the athlete couldn’t get up at all, shoulders or hips move separately or if one arm straightens at a different rate than the other.
I have 4 Levels in this assessment. Each stage needs to be passed with 1 successful attempt.
Level 1: Hands at the shoulders
Level 2: Diamond push up from the chin
Level 3: Diamond push up from the forehead
Level 4: Straight arms
Why do I like this assessment so much? To be honest I have almost removed it from my testing protocol numerous times due to the fact that it doesn’t really give you a true test of push strength. I was looking for a way to test push strength without having to bring external resistance into the test environment. If you use push ups as a test and see how many perfect push ups an athlete can do you are testing muscle endurance more than muscle strength. The Stability Push Up assesses full body stability not strength. The reason I keep it in is that the way people fail tells me so much information about the athlete’s weak links. To perform the Stability Push Up properly you need full body stiffness, great core stability, scapular stability and upper body strength. Lets talk about the scapular stability for a minute as this is a common weak link in athletes that perform this test. Watch the video below of the Level 4 Stability Push Up. Picture the force vectors. The hands push into the ground which push the body up and back, at the same time, the feet engage the ground and push forward. If the body is stiff it will raise off the ground in one piece. If the core is weak it will break. The arms attach to the body through the scapula and shoulder girdle. If you are lacking stability through the scapular region, it won’t matter how strong your arms are you will fail. One of my colleagues once said that he didn’t like the assessment because success and failure largely depended on the athlete’s scapular stability. Exactly! Its less about whether you pass or fail but more about HOW you pass or fail.
I have been performing this assessment for 3 years with my National Team players and the first year I only had 1 or 2 men and 0 women getting a Level 4 Stability Push Up. 3 years later through corrective exercises, strength programming and attacking weak links we now have 50% of the men and this year 2 of the 10 women achieved the Level 4 and another 4 passed a Level 3.
I would love feedback from all you LabRats out there. Try it with your athletes. Let me know what you see!
January 6th, 2014
Laser Targeted Coaching
Purposeful, laser targeted instruction creates massive change on performance with minimal stress to the muscle tissue by altering neuromuscular excitation. #Bam #MinimalDoseEffect #JustReadtheBlog!
Wow! I love posting a tweet like this where it makes people think you are soooo smart and then you don’t have to back it up with what the hell it means. Then the reader is left thinking, why don’t you make another bold statement with multiple layers that make no sense on their own and then drop the mic and walk off stage? And be like everyone else on twitter? Not this time!
Note: If you don’t like long-winded writings from a man who is putting his thoughts on paper with no references to back it up then stop reading and watch one of my 2 minute Facebook rants that have no substance, have a chuckle and move on. For those of you who are still with me, here is the experience that created this statement.
I am on the way home from another National Team camp where we are trying to squeeze the last 5% of performance out of our amazingly talented and driven athletes. I was planning on writing a post summarizing some of the light bulb moments and learning experiences I had with our athletes. In the process of summarizing the weekend, my opening statement popped in my head.
I am working with an athlete on some very specific motor learning drills that the coaching staff and IST team agreed upon and determined to be critical elements to optimizing this player’s success. The session starts and the athlete is expecting a kick ass workout because they have been groomed with the concept that great trainers can make you work so hard you won’t be able to breathe or think straight. Now what kind of learning environment would this create? Would it create an environment that would foster positive changes in performance? What if instead I give them a fantastic warm up with exercises that will stimulate their nervous system and energize them so they are attentive and open to learning? The kick ass approach creates an athlete stuck in victim mode where they try to protect themselves and save energy out of fear for what could come next. I hate to see an athlete in this victim role. Instead, we choose the stimulating lower stress approach and once I felt the athlete is mentally and physically ready for the motor learning drills we start the exercise. Here is how it went down:
- First 4 reps I allow her to fail. #NaturalMovement
- Then I give some verbal cues while I physically imitate the error by grossly over exaggerating the way she performs the movement then quickly demonstrate what I was looking for with perfect form. #Modeling
- Go! She tries 4 more reps and performs better but was still firing the wrong muscles. #BodyAwareness
- I jump in with some tactile cues and perturbations. #Laser
- Bam! She’s got it! So we continue for another few reps and then stop. #Learning
- Move to another exercise with a completely different pattern. This pattern is a brain dead movement that she could do in her sleep. #Change
- Pop back to the focus drill we just worked on while providing her with the verbal cues reminding her what gave her success the last few reps of the last try. #Revisit
- Yes! She’s got it! Let her do a few quality reps and then stop. She then asks me “ how many reps do you want” I said to her “None. you got it!” #MinimalDose
- 5 exercises and 8 minutes later we revisit it again. Still got it so I challenge her to perform the skill while I distracted her. I wanted to see if she could do it without focusing on the muscles firing but instead just acted as an athlete and moved without conscious effort. She did great! Share the film with her coach and ask him” Is this what you are looking for?” Yes! #Distraction
- I revisit the drill again the next day to see if it sticks. She mentions that she could feel the focus area or felt the same feeling in her swing now and loved the feeling of proper loading. Smile on my face was almost as big as hers. #High5!
- Lastly I will include the cues that she created in her own words into her At- Home program so she can revisit the exercise over the coming month. #Mastery
Could we have accomplished this if she was puking in a bucket? I think not! Did we have purposeful laser targeted coaching with minimal stress to the body while maximizing her performance? Minimal dose with maximum effect! I guess we got lucky eh?
The only way you have these amazing learning experiences, and I mean that from the standpoint of ME learning from the player here, is if YOU have laser focus, deliver with passion and celebrate with excitement when they get it to create stickiness and deep learning. You can’t do this for everyone, every hour or you and your students would be exhausted wrecks. But when you have that light-bulb moment and both you and your student are engaged and 100% present….. it is amazing and reminds us why we do what we do!
December 31st, 2013
I Hate New Years Resolutions!
I hate New Years Resolutions. I do however love goal setting! Here are some great ideas on how to set your goals for 2014 and make your biggest dreams come true. It takes a path, grit, handwork and determination. Be undeniable in 2014. Dream Big Over Deliver!
December 19th, 2013
Thrown In the Deep End
Thrown in the Deep End: A Blog about Coaching. I was having a conversation with my colleague Dr. Bhrett McCabe who is a clinical sport psychologist. I love talking with Bhrett about psychology, as psych was my minor in University. Bhrett talks about all the stuff they never teach in school. This particular conversation set off a spark, which led to a twitter post, which led to a twitterfest. I love twitter but thought I would share this on Facebook and my blog as this medium allows us to use more than 140 characters at a time! Bhrett was talking about coaching and a concept called Avoidance of Discomfort. The idea in a nutshell is that we humans try to avoid discomfort at all cost; it is built into our DNA. The best athletes in the world however thrive in an environment that others would consider extremely uncomfortable like putting to win the Masters! I seek out opportunities to speak in front of large groups of people for a living, which apparently ranks as a person’s #1 fear. In fact I will purposely bomb at comedy club open mic to experience the most uncomfortable moment to later confirm that “It will never be worse than that!” Golf pros will have chipping contests with each other for ridiculous amounts of money just to train under pressure.
So why is it as coaches that we constantly try to create learning environments that are safe and stress free? When I look back at my success in life I get a flash of all the adversity I had to face to get to where I am today. But when I think of next year and the river that lies ahead I seek out calm waters. So I asked Bhrett the question, “If it is adversity that gives us success, why wouldn’t we paddle our life raft into the rapids on purpose?” Wouldn’t these rapids give us new experiences and new life skills to help us develop and create success?” Bhrett said that it is important to learn new skills in a safe environment before testing them in the real world. The athlete needs to struggle but struggle in a safe environment. The problem is that most coaches will jump in and try to fix the problem when they see the athlete struggling instead of allowing the athlete to explore options and problem solve. This only works in a safe environment though.
This conversation reminded me of a student who was thrown in the deep end of a pool at a young age and was unable to swim. Here we have a task that is too extreme for the skill set of the athlete. If we sat on the side of the pool and waited for the player to struggle and problem solve we would have one less student! Here is where the coach needs to step in and give the student the skills needed to swim to safety. That student is now deathly afraid of water, in the same way some golfers are afraid of tournaments because they were thrown in the deep end without the skill set needed to handle the pressure.
So what I have learnt from this conversation is that we should seek out rapids that test the skills we have practiced in the pool. As our skills and experience improve we can go after bigger rapids. Looks like I’ll be throwing myself in the deep end again in the New Year! Luckily I know how to swim!