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Podcast with Dan Allen: Strength And Conditioning Coach (#33)

How to be a good coach and student, and create lasting change

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Introduction to guest:

Dan Allen is a strength and conditioning coach that has worked in the health industry for 10 years and been involved in sport all his life. He works with a wide variety of clients ranging from children to older individuals with different conditions and needs. He has also worked with disabled individuals with a variety of conditions as well as sportsmen and women from different backgrounds including rugby players, BMX racers, footballers, shot-putters, sprinters and basketball players.

“One of my biggest achievements was taking a young lady with down-syndrome, from being scared to use a treadmill, to eventually getting her to run.”

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Dan’s first time on the show, which includes discussions on movement patterns, performance pressure, training principles, rehab, foam rolling, spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, binaural beats, stretching, the use of technology for exercise and much more.

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Show notes:

  • 00:14 – Being a good coach, being a good student, the benefits of mentors and how to find them.
  • 06:37 – Personal growth as a coach and student.
  • 16:30 – Coaching methodologies and different approaches to coaching.
  • 20:18 – What Dan would have done differently at an earlier age.
  • 21:07 – Dan’s recommended resources.
  • 22:16 – The importance of a team direction (even as a coach working with other coaches).
  • 23:04 – Outlining the relevance of the discussion – we will all be coaches and students at some point in our lives.
  • 23:59 – The importance of the first 7 years of life. The impressionability of children.
  • 28:24 – The difference between elite competitors and “normal” people.
  • 32:21 – The reasons why people exercise. Four main categories.
  • 36:34 – Gaz’s rant on retraining people to be human and Dan’s thoughts on why.
  • 38:11 – People take their bodies for granted, even elite athletes.
  • 40:04 – The power of building an identity.
  • 41:02 – Using goals for progress and reducing barriers to progress.
  • 46:15 – Being a facilitator of learning. A good coach should diminish in importance.
  • 48:03 – “Never fail twice”
  • 48:22 – Certain people need discipline in their life. Jocko Willink example.
  • 48:27 – Not setting the bar too high from the outset
  • 49:34 – 1% increases every day. The compound interest of life.
  • 49:49 – How Dan consumes information and a couple of recommended resources.
  • 53:42 – Successful people are usually contactable.
  • 54:28 – Giving away your best information for free and helping people.
  • 55:50 – Nothing is new!
  • 57:48 – Clinging on leaves to suffering. You own nothing in this life.
  • 58:09 – What Dan is working on now. The locked and loaded programme.
  • 01:52:00 – Dan’s dream future.
  • 01:02:43 – Marathon row with PPE mask, ultramarathon, marathon and 1,000 burpees!
  • 01:03:17 – Dan’s ultramarathon experience and training advice.
  • 01:09:59 – Resources for Dan.
  • 01:10:37 – People Dan recommends following and for the show.
  • 01:12:10 – Dan’s final thoughts and advice.
  • 01:13:29 – Dan’s method for contacting mentors.
  • 01:16:46 – Where you can find Dan.

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