Josh is one of the most enthusiastic and fun S&C coaches I have ever trained under. Listen in as we talk about blending technical coaching with play, why the first fifteen minutes of the session should be dominated, and how to encourage flow states on the field by producing healthy players in the gym.

Josh Neumann is head of S&C at Essentials of Athletics, Vancouver, Canada.


00:21 Introduction and where Josh’s love for sports came from during childhood

4:23 Josh’s thoughts on specialising in sport too early and the detrimental effects it has on children’s physicality

7:36 Children perceiving enthusiasm over technical knowledge

8:18 How Josh blends technical coaching with enthusiasm Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi… Dr Stuart Brown Play is more than just fun – TED Talk –…

12:05 Why Josh thinks the coach should dominate the first 15 minutes of any training session and how

18:00 What S&C is actually for, in terms of the practicing and competitive athlete

22:00 Why Josh was drawn towards playing rugby and how inspirational one of his coaches was

29:40 Skateboarding, learning to fall and how trick-based sports are contrasted against team sports, ball sports, etc. How to Fall – Braille Skateboarding…

41:45 Breaking down Josh’s education through university, how it prepared him to be a coach and where it fell short

53:50 Some of the vital educational components that Josh looks for when hiring new S&C coaches

57:00 How Josh coaches his team of staff on being better communicators

1:00:10 Internships and voluntary work for new coaches – yes or no?

1:02:20 Josh’s Lacrosse training programme

1:09:00 Josh’s top coaching influences Coach Bott Scotty Heeber Derek Morel

1:13:25 Josh’s top two books

The Exuberant Animal – Frank Forencich…

The Tiger – John Vaillant…

Mike Boyle – Strength Coach Podcast

1:17:00 Sporting Heroes

Wayne Gretzky (Ice Hockey)

Jordan Hall (Lacrosse)

Justin Marshall

George Grigan

Joost Van Der Westhuizen

Matt Dawson

Nathan Hirayama

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