Strength and Success Summit
Our Head of School, Paul Swainson, attended the Strength and Success Summit held in Leeds over the weekend. Here’s what he thought.
Respected strength and conditioning coach Brendan Chaplin organised the Strength and Success Summit to bring together some of the leading experts in the fields of S+C, mindset, business, marketing and leadership. Over two days delegates were treated to first hand insight of not only the technical skills and knowledge needed to get great results with athletes, but the ‘personal development’ skill sets that are just as vital for progressing your career.
Through a timetable of practical workshops and talks, the coaches to international sports stars and teams offered valuable and highly usable tips that trainers could put into action immediately. Amongst the presenters were Future Fit graduates Mark Laws and Steve Gordon who have forged successful fitness careers since completing their diplomas, and I was particularly inspired by the personal stories of both Brendan himself and Dave Hembrough, who has coached athletes such as world champion boxer Kell Brook.
One of the best aspects of the summit was the ample opportunity to network and talk to both delegates and presenters. It was great to find out where everyone had come from, what their experiences were and their career plans - I learned almost as much from these conversations as the sessions themselves. This was actually one of the ideas Hembrough talked about. The industry is becoming more connected than ever so make sure you talk to people; you never know where the next opportunity may come from – something known as ‘happenstance’ theory.
Other common themes from the event were the importance of planning, reflecting on your performance as a coach and taking action to move towards your goals and those of your clients. This emphasis on behaviour change and adopting the right mindset is completely in line with the School of PT ethos of offering much more as a personal trainer than just exercise instruction.
As such, whether you’re a current student, personal trainer or sports coach, I can highly recommend getting along to a future summit to give you some extra inspiration and a boost to your career.