Assessing before starting a new programme

Craig McDermott and James Pattinson
This one tip will help you enormously as you embark on a new training prorgramme
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We had our first webinar on Monday and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

For a Strength & Conditioning coach I always get a bit of a kick when I get the hang of some new software, being pretty much a technophobe I find it pretty amazing the stuff you can do when you give it a go.

It's well out of my comfort zone - give me shouting at a bunch of players anytime rather than getting  my geek on with the laptop!

One of the things that came out of the presentation is something that I'm pretty sure will help you.

It's to do with when you are about to start a new programme.

You are probably like me, just wanna jump straight in and get cracking on it right? I'm terrible for it.

Patience definitely has never been a virtue for me!

But this little tip saves me time and will save you a lot of hassle in the long run when you are smashing your programme.

And that is to assess where you are at your starting point.

Pretty simple, right?

Take the time to see where are, physically

And the way I showed those guys on the webinar how to do it was the way I give you on the OCD programme.

Take three pictures of yourself

One from the front, one from the side and one from the back.

And then you can have a look for yourself at the difference in your body from one side to the other.

Being a bowler there definitely will be some difference, that’s the nature of what you do.

But with the OCD we are looking to minimize that difference.

Allow the body to be working as close to normal as possible.

And it can work for just about any part of the body.

Our man Mike got his copy of the OCD and seems pretty pleased with it

“I have a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, and there is nothing that can be done apart from disease modifying drugs and a mobility/movement regime. The OCD program is perfect IMO.

Mike O’Dea”

The beauty with taking pictures at the start?

You can track your progress.See exactly how you are changing your body for the better

So before you start your program get your pictures done.

And measurements if you want.

But track all the way through, it could be a game changer for you.

Think differently.

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