This week’s Pacey Performance Podcast sees me speak to Rugby Australia’s Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach, John Pryor, who has worked with the Wallabies, the Japanese national Rugby Union team and holds a master’s degree in health science. With his background in track and field and combat sports, John has an incredibly wide-ranging knowledge about strength and conditioning, contextual strength and coordination training.
John explains his background and his influences, which include Warren Young and Charles Poliquin, Vern Gambetta, Eddie Jones and Vern Gambetta. He also talks about his time working with Eddie Jones in Japan, and the point of difference for coaches who are taken seriously and seen as authentic by athletes and employers alike.
This makes this week’s podcast a must-listen for any coach wanting to learn what catches people’s attention, the basics of Frans Bosch's methodologies, and how there’s no substitute for experience in strength and conditioning training.
The difference in mentality between Rugby League and Rugby Union
Why there’s a right and wrong time for athletes to question their trainingWhat’s changed in the industry between 1988 and todayHow it can be beneficial to minimise the information available to usThe coaches John Pryor would seek out personallyDeveloping points of differences in young coachesThe essential skills every coach needs to find a jobThe coach that inspired John to take up strength and conditioning training as a careerTechniques and equipment used during his master’s degreeThe ‘speed-bound index’ – what it is, and how it increases sprint speedCo-ordination in sprint training and its importanceThe bad training habits it can be easy to get stuck withWorking with Eddie Jones in Japan and how he got resultsChange direction sessionsThe biggest mistake seen in strength and conditioning training
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