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Dan Herron Shares His Coaching Philosophy: Values to Shape Your Practice

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Dan Herron works in coaching, fitness consulting, and marketing for VisionQuest Labs, a startup human performance lab and cycling training center in Indianapolis, IN.

VisionQuest Labs’ metabolic tests, fitness and athletic consulting, and cycling studio can help everyone improve their fitness and performance– from beginner to elite athlete. Dan Herron has assisted with various aspects of starting this new business. He’s spent time building relationships with individual athletes, fitness studios, and companies looking to incorporate this testing into their wellness packages while also planning and coaching cycling camps and indoor structured rides. He enjoys consulting with clients on the next steps in applying the data from their assessments into their workout plans.

Dan Herron also works as one of the instructors for the new online cycling training platform, Velocity. You can learn more about VisionQuest Labs at vqlabs.com and Velocity at vqvelocity.com

In addition to his work in coaching and entrepreneurship, Dan loves competing in Ironman, endurance cycling events, and merging endurance sports with philanthropic pursuits. Dan Herron’s future plans include pursuing certifications that will enable him to provide professional coaching in triathlon and the individual disciplines of swimming, cycling, and running.

Dan Herron recently shared his coaching philosophy, which includes the core values to shape your own practice.

“Philosophy”. Two Greek words: “Philo” = “Love”, “Sophia” = Wisdom.

So, what does “love of wisdom” have to do with coaching athletes?

When a coach considers what her “coaching philosophy” is, we’re not talking about how she might apply lessons from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics on an athlete’s marathon pacing strategy. A “philosophy” of coaching has more to do with a coach’s unique approach and perspective, i.e. her aggregate wisdom that’s been accumulated through education, experience, and reflective practice over the course of time, and how this is all expressed in distinctive values that might form the heart of that coach and her approach.

When an athlete considers which coach to work with, not only should he look at training plans and the history of successful athletes produced by that coach. A key priority also ought to include a brief conversation about that potential coach’s coaching philosophy.

Why is this? Because it’s not just the coach’s plan that will be guiding and forming that athlete, it also is the coach herself, who she is as a person, and all that she brings to the table, including those subtle and non-tangible dynamics, that will be formative for that athlete’s process of development.

This is a facet of coaching that shouldn’t be skimmed over by either an athlete or by a coach. If you’re an athlete, ask about this, look for signs of what values are overtly communicated and values are covertly communicated. Consider whether these values align with what you think is important for your own athletic and personal development to be impacted by. A process of discernment such as this will help an athlete determine if that athlete-coach relationship is truly going to be a good match.

If you’re a coach, you need to pause and take some time to consider all the various experiences that have shaped you as a person and a coach. You need to think about your process of athletic and personal development. You need to think about some key values that articulate who you are as a person, what you consider as priorities, and how these relate to and are inevitably translated into any coaching situation and relationship you may be involved in. Whether you take the time to discover these values or not, they will still be clearly communicated to your athletes whether you realize it or not. So, don’t allow your philosophy of coaching to be communicated without you even realizing it!

How can you do this? Take the initiative to slow down, reflect, write some keywords that might serve as headings for possible values. Just start writing down 5-10 themes. Consider what you mean by each, write those considerations down. Merge ideas together into one or two headings, cut some ideas out, and hone your collection of values until you’re able to settle in to 3-5 core concepts. Here are some possible values-headings you might see as vital to your approach to coaching: Intervals, Recovery, Play, Technology, Drive, Fundamentals, Drills, Team, Kindness, Harmony… Don’t think that you’ve got to find the perfect headings. Just like we grow and change as people, philosophies of coaching (and, of life) change and grow over time as well. The philosophy you develop today will likely not be the philosophy that guides your practice 5 years from now.

Once you’ve developed these basic headings, you need to invest some time writing out 1-3 sentences that describe what each particular value-heading means to you, how this specifically applies to your coaching, and how this might shape any athlete you work with. You need to see how a value plays itself out in the life of your potential athlete in order to determine if it will actually work in a positive way. By the end of this process you should have 3-5, succinct, well-described key values that not only define what you do as a coach but should also provide a good picture of who you are as a coach as well. Our athletes certainly need the work that we provide, but they also need the people that we are. This is the entire point of living in healthy relationships with others.

The next step in shaping your philosophy is the practical— connecting everything you do in the coaching process back to your 3-5 values. You should be able to quickly explain to any athlete how an activity, drill, workout, or diet emerges from your particular values. The practical, then, will always be the lived expression of the intangible. And the intangible will also always be formed by the practical. They work, over time, in a giant feedback loop shaping one another as your coaching career progresses. This is how anyone grows in “Sophia/wisdom”.

I’ve included my own coaching philosophy for you to check out and maybe serve as a template for the creation of your own.

JOY
This top priority is to encourage a joyfulness about life, training, and competition. Joy does not mean happy. Joy is something that is produced over time, that can weather pain and suffering, that expands and deepens with mature commitment.

HUMILITY
Another priority is to emphasize the value of knowing yourself rightly. This means that we understand that everyone is in process as a learner, that perfection is something to work toward and pursue, yet is something that can’t be fully complete in this life. This, therefore, makes each one of us, no matter our skill or athletic ability, a learner and receiver. As a result, humility looks like a persistent teachability.

PERSEVERANCE
This value emphasizes the priority of self-discipline, self-control, self-regulation, and personal grit. Grit is a muscle that needs exercise. An excellent athlete (and, mature human being) is one who has learned how to endure suffering and not to quit. Talent, genetics, superior gear & tech—these are all great, but none of these can lead to consistent excellence. Only the character quality of grit/steadfast endurance/perseverance can produce true greatness no matter what ability one has.

RELATIONSHIP
No matter who you are, how great you might be, and what sport you might engage in, we all need relationships with others. Collaboration, team, mutual support, mutual respect, and care—these are all part of developing greatness. Individuals are not great by themselves, we all require a team of others supporting, cheering, coaching, pushing, carrying, and encouraging us. And, to be truly excellent, one will not merely be a consumer of relationship, but an active contributor and giver as well.

DATA-SHAPED
I don’t want to blindly apply generalized training plans to every athlete I work with. And, I don’t want my athletes trying to set personal goals without any kind of solid foundation to build from. So, all that we plan, train for, evaluate, and compete in will be based on each athlete’s unique physiology. We’ll pursue the best assessments and approaches for athletes to know the unique way that they are made, what their capacities are, what realistic goals they might achieve, and what their progress looks like as it is measured and quantified.

Athletes—in addition to identifying those competitive goals and sticking to a training plan, also work to identify some of your own values and priorities so that you can find a coach who matches up with or compliments those core values that intrigue you, that you yourself possess, or that you see you are in need of developing. Seek the wisdom that can come from a coach who has a finely-tuned philosophy of coaching.

Coaches—learn to love and utilize that expansive background of knowledge, practice, and experience in both victory and defeat in order to form a philosophy for the entirety of your coaching. Our community of athletes and fellow coaches can greatly benefit from your novel contribution of wisdom.

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Eugene Campbell III is on a mission on and off the court

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Official picture of Eugene Campbell III while scoring a goal during a Basketball game

Philanthropists and humanitarians are the best kinds of people in the world. They share their success with others in need through various sources. Many people have realized this truth: helping others makes your success more enjoyable and satisfactory. Countless numbers of successful celebs, business owners, and other wealthy people are tending toward this belief. However, where there is an increment in the number of philanthropists, needy people keep increasing too. So, there is a continuous need for generous contributors in this world. To participate in this greater good, Eugene Campbell is doing generous work on his part.

The Introduction of Eugene Campbell III

If you are a basketball fan, you don’t need Campbell’s introduction. The guy is famous for his absolutely amazing play on the court of basketball. He has given jaw-dropping dumps several times in various matches, not only because of his incredible height but also because of his perfect calculations during the game. People love his performances so much that his videos of dumps on the court have been recorded and gone viral a lot of times on social media.

Another quality that makes Campbell special is his honor for sportsmanship. You will always see a generous smile on his face. He is famous for his modest behavior among his fellow players. According to Campbell, good behavior always comes back. Plus, he admires the undefined strong bond between athletes that can only be understood by an athlete.

Education

Eugene enrolled at New Jersey City University and, as he had always done, was committed to both his studies and his sports. He earned the title of the best player in both high school and university. Campbell graduated with three college degrees, including a Master’s degree in Psychology, and dominated basketball at NJCU, setting and breaking records. After graduation, Campbell taught the sport for a few years before opting to pursue a professional career.

Eugene Campbell III as a Philanthropist

Besides being an exceptional basketball player, Campbell is a huge follower of philanthropy. He strongly believes in giving back what he receives from society. Campbell’s non-profit organization, “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes,” distributes basic products to people in need all around the world, including several of the European locations where Campbell has played. Campbell also owns a brand named “dif-fer-nt”, in addition to being a brand representative for companies that match his values.

Eugene Campbell’s inspiration behind being The Giver

Every successful person once faced unimaginable challenges. Campbell, too, faced some issues which first overcame him, but gradually he overpowered them with continuous struggle. One of the greatest hardships he faced in his struggling days was being a black person. In the beginning, Campbell was a baseball player, but due to a racist coach, he was kicked out of the game, so he joined basketball. Being a modest person, Campbell holds no grudge against that teacher today as he believes that he wouldn’t be playing basketball today, which gave him a lot of opportunities, a good team, and a belief in hardship.

Although he faced a lot of difficulties, Eugene Cambell wanted to help others in some way. Return some help to his community. Due to this, he started following the path of charity. He is planning to do more in this manner besides improving his athlete skills.     

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Mental illness: Stigma or Judgment? Kevin Kearns’ book, There’s Light in the Tunnel: How to Survive and Thrive With Depression, Unlocks the Key

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Although the world has made significant strides in promoting and spreading awareness about mental health, more intensive efforts are needed to ensure that the future is filled with safe spaces that acknowledge its impact and foster people’s wellbeing. For many years, the mental health of various individuals has suffered through several struggles and stigmatizing circumstances, dissuading them from realizing the true state of their illnesses and seeking help. Among today’s experts and professionals who are going the extra mile to catalyze change and spark positive action in the mental health space is Kevin Kearns, a physical and mental health coach, UFC expert, professional speaker, and author. He brings to the table not only a deeply rooted commitment to helping people overcome a wide range of issues but also an awe-inspiring dedication to deepening the conversation about mental health, depression, self-harm, and multipe recent suicide attempts.

This purpose-driven personality, who has gained notoriety for being the esteemed coach to 15 UFC athletes, is no stranger to the long list of psychological issues that countless individuals across the globe suffer from and contend with on a daily basis. After experiencing a failed marriage and financial struggles, Kevin Kearns has been struggling with his mental health, leading to being overwhelmed. 

Over the years, his struggles continued to heighten, particularly during the global health crisis, when he lost his mother to COVID-19. Every waking day was a struggle for this power player, but he soldiered through them all, renewing his love for life. Years down the road, Kearns decided to share his experiences with the world through his book, There’s Light in the Tunnel: How to Survive & Thrive With Depression, with the goal of inspiring those who continued to struggle with their psychological health.

“No one is talking about it. So, we need to have this discussion,” shared Kearns. Through his book, he sheds light on his struggles in the past with advice that is designed to help others battle through depression and other psychological illnesses. Kearns strives to assist people in facing their demons.

Apart from his promising book, Kevin Kearns has also established a wide variety of purpose-driven initiatives that pushes the envelope on psychological health. As a staunch advocate for the field, Kevin Kearns currently works with the military, various universities, and police departments, amplifying his mission of assisting people in managing and overcoming their personal struggles. He mainly focuses his efforts on public speaking, educating individuals and communities about mental health and how to cope with it.

With his experience as a sports and fitness coach for athletes, Kevin Kearns aims to set the bar high by including psychological wellbeing in his pursuits. He believes that true wellness can be achieved when people realize the value of maintaining a healthy state of mind. Thus, Kearns is not only widely recognized for his experience with physical well-being but for his expertise in dealing with psychological issues and mental health.

With the upcoming mental health awareness month, Kevin Kearns hopes to continue demystifying mental health issues while contributing to the growth of the field’s acceptance in society. He aims to see people unlock their potential and find happiness in their lives. He has already changed the lives of 19 people who had suffered, enabling them to face their fears and find happiness.

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How to Become A Professional Soccer Player, A Guide By Victor Parra

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Victor Parra

If you have ever wanted to land that dream scholarship to play soccer in university and later become a pro soccer player, then you are going to want to continue reading. Victor Parra has been on the radar of soccer scouts since a young age. This allowed him to secure a full scholarship to play soccer in University in California and he later turned professional with his first contract taking him to Portugal. We asked Victor for his best advice to young people who want to play soccer professionally and here’s what he had to say.  

‘’In my opinion, young players should work on two things initially:

1. Speed of play: if we look at what separates the amateurs from the pro’s, oftentimes it is speed of play. If it takes you too long to take 2-3 touches in the professional leagues, there will be a guy on you faster than you can imagine and they’re already on the other end of the field before you know it.

2. Fitness level: in the pro’s, everyone is super fit, even the goal keeper. So you need to be too’’.

How can young soccer players best prepare themselves to go pro?

‘’I would say, they should start by working on their technical ability, your skill, your passing, your creativity. As a young player, you’re going to grow stronger. But it’s harder to teach skill and creativity than it is to teach strength and fitness, so work on this early. When I was a young kid, I would play on the streets against 20 year olds and that’s what made me the player I am today, learning from them and learning skills and creativity’’.

Victor went to the #1 junior soccer college in the USA, called Monroe in New York. He did very well there and made All American. He later received a full scholarship to university in California for soccer, where he was awarded top student and valedictorian of the school. Parra is passionate about helping others and he is always happy to share his top tips with young aspiring soccer players.

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