Resource Centre

Learning never stops. In fact, the more I have learnt, the more I realise how much more is out there to keep progressing as a coach and educator; and that doesn’t only include from climbing sources or from professional courses either. However as wonderful as the internet is and as much as it provides us with the answers to almost any question we could have, the online world usually provides us with multiple answers, sometimes in the hundreds of thousands.

Hence the decision to establish and develop the Resource Centre of Prowess Coaching. Here, I intend to share not only my own original articles and ideas but also to share and identify anywhere that may prove useful for both climbers and coaches alike.

It is no secret that as well as being a climber, coach and parent, i’m also a writer. I have had articles published with ukclimbing.com, Professional Mountaineer and elsewhere but these are original articles and often original ideas too.

It is broken down into two sections: one for the climber and one for the coach. However don’t let that stop you exploring the other sections too. I’ve yet to meet a climbing coach who isn’t a dedicated climber and some of those resources may come in handy for your own personal work as well as work with your students. Likewise, any climber trying to improve is effectively a self-coached climber and knowledge of education may come in handy too.

As usual, for more information, please contact me. And remember, I am available to hire as a coach or as a coach educator.

For the Climber

There is a wide variety of articles here, from pieces about projecting to ideal ways for you to train but they are all to help you develop your own personal skills. More will appear regularly.

Prowess Articles

Original work exclusive to Prowess Coaching. Please note many of these articles and ideas are currently belief based models and not evidence based models that have yet to be ratified with evidence or external support. Nevertheless, I believe they still have merit.

For the Coach

These articles are written with the coach in mind. They deal with session content and teaching methods to be implemented with your clients in your own sessions.

Prowess Articles

Original work exclusive to Prowess Coaching. Please note many of these articles and ideas are currently belief based models and not evidence based models that have yet to be ratified with evidence or external support. Nevertheless, I believe they still have merit.

  • HOT, POT and MOT. A complicated and interesting set of theories based on making the most of the holds, positions and movements involved when coaching.
  • A Moment On The Lips, A Lifetime on The Hips. A long winded title, this is all about the importance of teaching trunk rotation to climbers.
  • Floor Exercises and How Crucial They Really Are. This piece looks at how to simplify complicated climbing techniques by removing the climber from the complex situation they are in and replicating the movement in a simpler way for them to understand.
  • The DCBA Scale. Having the right attitude is key to performance and this article looks at the right way to get your climber’s head in the game.
  • Replication Training. A method of coaching to isolate and target individual and specific weaknesses in climbing; heavily associated with the TTPP Model.
  • Warming to Each Other: Safeguarding Ourselves as Coaches. How do we safeguard ourselves as coaches to avoid injury when working with clients without demotivating or demoralising them?
  • Risk Free Belay Instruction. A method for coaches and instructors to teach belaying without the need to place a student in harms way. IT IS NOT A SELF-TEACH METHOD OF LEARNING TO CLIMB and should only be used by qualified and experienced instructors as part of a wider learning context.
  • Grades: Help or Hindrance? An article that discusses whether our preoccupation with climbing grades can help improve performance or slow it down and how we as educators can use them to further our students’ learning.

External Resources

The following are sources that exist completely independently of Prowess Coaching. They are generally well tested and well established principles and ideas that have merit when incorporated into climbing coaching.

  • The Spectrum of Teaching Styles, Mosston and Ashworth. This is the cornerstone of my entire coaching philosophy. Included in this site are a free download of the sixth edition of the book as well as explanations on both the spectrum, developmental channels and much more.
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