Resource Road Map

The Ultimate Performance Training Resource Road Map: Get Pointed in the Right Direction. 

Kyle Dobbs On learning

'In the past, censorship worked by blocking the flow of information. In the twenty-first century censorship works by flooding people with irrelevant information.'

     'Homo Deus'- Yuval Noah Harari

What does this excerpt mean? How will it change your approach?  Why does it matter?

We are currently being inundated with so much information that it is harder to choose valid resources than it is to learn and understand them, the power is in the choice.  Developing a filter within this new informational concept will be the most important skill in the learning process, and distraction will often be the biggest hurdle for one to overcome.  Distraction will hold more people back than overall intellect and learning ability, and the ability to maintain focus will determine one's overall progress. This filter is designed to block not only incorrect information, but also irrelevant information, it is designed to keep the goal the goal.  However, we know that we only truly learn in the presence of novelty so once novel information is obtained it should be applied and categorized as quickly as possible for more effective imprinting.

'Neuroplasticity is the property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure and functioning in response to activity and mental experience.'

'The Brain's Way of Healing'- Norman Doidge

So now we know that novelty is fundamental to both neuroplasticity and learning, but how do we develop a filter that blocks extraneous novel information in favor of that which is pertinent?  The answer is in the individual's preference. We know that individuals will assimilate and retain information that they are interested in more efficiently than that with which they are not, this is due to their past experiential context, emotional categorization, and predicted future application.  We inherently choose to grow in areas that we are already invested in (psychologically and physiologically), but what happens when we out pace our contextual learning curve?

In short, we typically become overwhelmed and lose (or shift) focus.  Most individuals perceive novelty one of two ways, either with excitement or as a threat, and past experience will determine the individuals respective reaction.  Without proper context, this new information can drive stress and manipulate the individual's autonomics, driving them into a sympathetic state. This subcortical state will inherently bypass the PFC (prefrontal cortex) and IC (insular cortex), and is detrimental to both long-term memory formation and recognition.

'Intelligence is measured by the capacity to remember and predict patterns in the world, including language, mathematics, physical properties of objects, and social situations.  Your brain receives patterns from the outside world, stores them as memories, and makes predictions by combining what it has seen before and what is happening now'

        'On Intelligence'- Jeff Hawkins

Our goal is to assist the reader with goal selection, contextual (memory) mapping, and progressive learning (predictions) for future applications.  We aim to provide a series of 'road maps' specific to individual subjects, that are based on progressive growth and increased complexity. Each resource within the road map will build on the prior resource while also relating to it contextually, this will insure the constant reinforcement of the respective concept.  Once a resource is completed the following will be laid out for further development. There will also be concepts and resources that overlap, further strengthening neuroplastic integration and promoting predictable models, each resource will reinforce the concepts of its predecessors while also building on them.                                                                                             – Kyle Dobbs

Creating a Road Map

Step 1: Create a Goal. What do you want to learn about? Example: Coaching

Step 2: Establish a Purpose. Create a reason WHY.

Step 3: Create a Road Map. Write out actionable steps for the process. 

Step 4: Pick a step and START. 

Step 5: Implement and apply new knowledge and strategies. Self-reflect on effectiveness of application and knowledge. A journal would be a good tool. 

Step 6: Create another destination. 

Example Road Map: Coaching

  • Create a WHY: Long term learning about Coaching: Your success as a coach is related more to how you interact with others than your program design. 
  • Layering Context: Knowledge about exercise science, exercise physiology and/or strength and conditioning. Learning more about coaching will provide you the means to apply your training knowledge to others. I highly recommend completing a personal development road map first. You need to better yourself before you attend to others. Recommendation: How to Win Friends and Influence People  by Dale Carnegie. 
  • Resources from Experienced Coaches: YouTube Channels & Podcasts: Learn from highly experienced coaches to gain direction. Physical Preparation Podcast with Mike Robertson Favorite: 20 Tips for Young Coaches April 17, 2017. The Coach K Show Episode 31 On Empathy and the 80/20 Principle w/ Kyle Dobbs. 
  • Resources: Choose 1-2: These resources will provide you with knowledge that will carry over to the next grouping of resources. These resources include information about grit, deliberate practice, habit, and the limitation of ego. This information is useful in long term learning and interacting with others. Coaching is greatly dependent on your ability to interact with others and understanding that you will not always be right. 
    • Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin or Grit by Angela Duckworth. 
    • Legacy by James Kerr or Above the Line by Urban Meyer.
    • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. 
    • Give and Take by Adam Grant
    • Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
    • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Resources: Choose 1-2: These resources are more direct in coaching tactics and long term pursuit of mastering your craft.
    • Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In by Brett Bartholomew
    • Mastery by Robert Greene
  • Resources: Articles:
    • It’s NOT about the Grind, It’s about BUILDING by Michelle Boland
    • How to Lock-Down Clients for Life and Earn a Ton of Money in Personal Training by Dr. Pat Davidson
    • Position Defined: Part 1 and Position Defined: Part 2 by Michelle Boland and Justin Moore
  • Implementation: Spend time connecting information from chosen resources. Implement new knowledge while coaching: Write about failures and success in journal. Be self-aware and reflect on knowledge that you gained from the resources and how to relate to clients/athletes.
  • Application: Start introducing yourself to some of the best coaches: See website blogs to follow and social media mentors. Seminar & Course: Rethinking the Big Patterns by Dr. Pat Davidson: Watch one of the best coaches talk about bonding with clients and coaching techniques and models.
  • What Now?: Learning about Human Behavior and Stress as the next step will further improve your understanding of your clients/athletes.

The Ultimate Performance training Resource Road map:    Get Pointed in the Right Direction. 

This is a resource to find good resources.

This list is not to overwhelm people, its to support you in creating your own learning road map for topics related to performance training and fitness.

There will be a long road ahead. Getting better at the strength & conditioning profession or learning more about the field of fitness/training should have twists, turns, peaks, valleys, and tough terrain. It should not be a narrow, smooth road.

My friends in the field and I get asked frequently about resources for specific subjects so I decided to ask a few of my friends to help me put those resources in one place. I have also asked the Kyle Dobbs to explain how to utilize those resources appropriately and how to navigate through a subject area by creating a road map (above).

The list includes 13 subject areas and most of the resources within those subject areas include hyperlinks and WHYS.

I will continuously be adding to this if multiple people send me resources along with a reason for the same resource.

You will never know everything, but you should try anyways.  

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Subject Areas:

1. Strength and Conditioning

2. Exercise Physiology

 3. Power & Speed

4. Personal Development

5. Coaching

6. Stress & Human History

7. Behavior

8. The Brain

9. Autonomics

10. Movement/Biomechanics

11. Nutrition

12. Perspective

13. Find a Mentor

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