training methods

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Consistency isn’t about being 100% right

I broke my diet and ate a slice of cake, I now may as well eat the whole cake. I’ll start again tomorrow. I missed training on Monday night. I may as well not go on Wednesday now and just start fresh next week. I meant to do 3 sets of benching, didn’t feel like … Continue reading

GAA Strength and Conditioning Article

I came across this article by Colm O’Rourke on the Irish Independent website. Have a read first and then come back to me: http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-football/colm-orourke-muscles-must-be-flexed-to-police-new-conditioning-fad-29950686.html For those of you who can’t read the article, the basic take-home messages are: 1. The game is different to the way it was when O’Rourke played 2. Some of that … Continue reading

On Bulletproof Coffee

It’s not that Bulletproof Coffee is bollocks… It’s just that it’s a little irritating to see people embrace a fad as a revolution, though that is becoming depressingly more common with the quick promulgation of information through social media channels. Everyone is asking me about it, about if I’ve used it, if I’d recommend it, … Continue reading

Defining Sport Specific Training

I was asked the other day about Sport Specific Training. I don’t think I’ve seen a good definition of what Sport Specific Training is, and I was asked the other day so I’ll have a little go at defining it here. Sport Specific Training is any training that results in a performance improvement in a … Continue reading

Summer time

And the living is easy. But not for Erin’s Isle minor candidates who are 2 weeks into a pre-minor camp with me for 8 weeks of their summer holidays. Next Thursday at 12.30pm I’m going to be talking to the guys about the training they’re doing, essentially condensing my whole youth training philosophy into a … Continue reading

Preseason GAA Training

It’s preseason time right now and I’m really enjoying working with a great bunch of young guys at Erin’s Isle GAA in Finglas. The guys are a dual code team (ie. They play both football and hurling) and we’ve been working together about 3 months now. We’ve completed a 10 week strength camp and now … Continue reading

Positive Language in Coaching

One just for the coaches here. You may have heard of various methods of how you communicate with your athletes. PCP is one of them, and I’m not talking about drugging yourself or your athletes, it stands for Praise Correct Praise. For example if I want to see better technique, or if I have a … Continue reading

Strength and Conditioning for Youth Teams

Strength and Conditioning Training for Gaelic Football I’ve been working with an underage Gaelic Football team now for the past 2 months with excellent results so far. This is approximately the 12th GAA team I’ve taken for an extended period. I thought I’d write a bit about the experience of coaching youth teams (which is … Continue reading

Don’t fail. Here’s a really quick post but hopefully an informative one on exercise selection when doing conditioning training. There is one key thing I advise when selecting movements and exercises for high intensity conditioning sessions. Never fail Within that phrase are 2 key things. First is to never fail because either the weight you’re … Continue reading

Keep intensity high!

Quick knowledge blast! Answered a pm on Facebook on this a few mins ago but let’s share since I’m in the mood and just got the WordPress app on my phone. I’ve just finished off a nice rack of lamb and I’m sitting listening to Jeff Buckley with a glass of milk while tapping away … Continue reading