“If you not keeping them around because your training sux, or you’re not a good guy to hang out with, then you don’t get the opportunity to have everything that you know happen.”
On the show today, I chat with Matt Hunter, Director of Youth Sports Performance at Athletic Lab in North Carolina, US. Matt has a BA degree in Health and Human Kinetics from Ohio Wesleyan University and is a recognised as a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has also completed numerous coaching internships including Athletic Lab, Cressey Performance, and Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning.
In this wide ranging conversation, Matt and I discuss the importance of being curious in coaching, how to build rapport with your athletes, the approach he takes for the long-term development of his athletes, and much more. I hope you enjoy it.
We also discuss:
- The business of strength and conditioning;
- Matt’s journey into strength and conditioning and why he love working with kids;
- Growing up making bow and arrows in the yard;
- The struggles Matt had at schools;
- The significant influence Matt’s father played in helping him get to college;
- Parents, and how Matt and the rest of the Athletic Lab team interact with them;
- The benefit of games for developing athletic competency;
- Why time and consistency are the two most important pieces of a youth athlete’s development puzzle;
- The tests Matt uses to monitor his athlete’s progress;
- The key movements Matt bases his programme around and how he progresses them with his athletes;
- Why being a good person is the most important thing when coaching kids;
- The importance of teaching work ethic;
- The power of cooperation;
- The joy Matt finds in facing new challenges every day in his work;
- Way every young athlete should play chess; and
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