The Program – Part 1

Where do you start when you are putting your program together?

The first step in any program is RESEARCH. Completing as much research or investigation to determine exactly what is required to maximise performance. It depends on the situation you are in but if you are working with a team the first research to be conducted involves the manager and coaching staff.

At the end of the day you are preparing a team for your manager so you need to understand exactly what he wants, what he believes are weaknesses and what he wants improved.

A team is a group of individuals so you must take an individual approach. Therefore I believe it is imperative to have individual meetings with every player so you can get their feedback on what they believe are their strengths and weaknesses. Its also vital to investigate the players training history and their likes and dislikes. You will get more “buy in” from players if they have input into their program.

The tools you have to work with must also be investigated. By this I mean what facilities are available and how can they be used. For example is your strength training facility able to have the entire squad training at the same time, what equipment is available and what is the budget if new equipment is required etc.

Its important to be mindful of having an athlete centred approach to programming and all the work you do. I have stated many times that we are in the service business so we often need to listen more and talk less. If we get the right information we can complete a great program but too often we think we know what is best when we haven’t completed the necessary research.


When we are young we believed that our dreams could come true but as we age our dreams become smaller and often we don’t have any dreams at all. Why do we as a society thunder down on other peoples dreams?

What are your dreams? Not your goals but your dreams for your future. Having a dream is always much bigger than a goal and I believe our goals are what can lead us to the dream. Its just so sad that people are dictated by the attitudes of others and often close family but if you aim low you can only achieve what you aim for.

We need to resurrect the attitude to dreams that we had as children. When you dream, think big, far bigger than your thinking now and go for it. Don’t let anyone put you off your dream, don’t let negative talk both from within and without stop your progress.

We have to stop living for today, we need to be forward focus and we need to show our children’s generation that as you age your ability to dream and strive for that dream doesn’t die.

I know it is easy to get caught up in the robustness of life but this is a distraction from what you are really meant to be doing. In fact ask yourself “What are my dreams”? I asked myself this exact question and realised that like many others I didn’t have a dream but now I am more determined than ever to determine what my dreams are and how Im going to achieve it.

I fully believe that you are not given the power to dream something if you don’t have the power to achieve it. Over the next couple of weeks see how people react to your dreams and you will be surprised how the enemy can work through even the people closest to you.

Never stop dreaming and make sure these dreams are bigger than you could ever imagine but also make sure you do good for the world as you move along the path to achieving it.