Joe McCullum on Exercising Creativity, Tumbling for Injury Prevention and Advice for Coaches in an Inflated Market (#1)


Joe McCullum is the head Strength and Conditioning coach at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

What a way to kick things off with UBC’s head S&C coach, Joe McCullum! We cover the importance of exercising creativity for varsity athletes, why Joe believes tumbling holds secrets for injury prevention, and some advice for new S&C coaches on their journey through an inflated market.

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The Covid challenge of programming 650 athletes across 25 different teams, to be able to train at home with no equipment

The importance of consistency over equipment availability, and adaptations for the rowing and swimming teams.

Joe’s beliefs on increasing performance over maintaining performance markers, even in-season. How this challenging time has influenced adaptability, creativity and motivation.

The 80s training approach towards off-season modalities vs current methods, hypothetical return dates and returning to the gym space in a clean manner when by default, gyms are dirty

Gym space management parameters if groups are not allowed to form, and adaptability being forced mentally and physically.

Advice to the varsity athletes who are feeling frustrated, framing this time as an opportunity, and changing how we behave post-Covid to avoid cognitive dissonance.

Reorganising our time to avoid the superfluous, appreciating the art of preparation and gaining a competitive edge
Nassim Taleb – Antifragile

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The concept of “low hanging fruit”, how it applies to training through the Covid period and why it is different to “bottom feeding”.

Getting off Netflix, start reading books and be grateful.
The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi
The Art of War – Sun Tzu
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do – Bruce Lee
The Red Wheelbarrow – William Carlos Williams

How UBC athletes are getting creative with their training, learning new skills and maintaining routine

Wrestling, what drew Joe to training one of the hardest sports, how his coaches employed the multi-sport model, and the importance of staying inoculated for contact year-round.

What wrestling did for Joe’s rugby and American football skills, and attributes of sport; falling, yielding and learning how to hold tension.

Why kids need to be coached on the skills of perspective, and why Joe believes tumbling and falling to be paramount for injury prevention.

Why falling is taught first in the (bullshit-free) martial arts world, why learning to dissipate force is vital, and how kazushi is a principle that translates to any sporting situation

Fear of failing, being comfortable with the uncomfortable and how it translates to work in the gym

Joe’s footballing career, realising how wrestling gave him an advantage and the average football career lengths.

Joe’s journey to becoming an S&C coach, why he decided to leave the private sector to work in the varsity realm, and thriving in chaos.

Academic inflation, how it affects the S&C industry and if experience is any better than education.

Is there an ideal route that new strength coaches should take?

Why professionalism matters

Social Media, how it relates to a crisis and whether it’s needed.
Joe McCullum and Carmen Bott on landing S&C jobs

What the future holds for Joe’s coaching career


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