Something that is often very difficult with endurance sports is removing the athlete from countless hours of cardiovascular exercise and replacing a bit of that with specific strength and conditioning. Over the past number of weeks I have been fortunate enough in that my training partner is training for her first sprint triathlon and that as training partners she already has a great understanding of how important gym work is a long side the events practice. Not only have we gained improvements outdoors and in the pool over the course of her programme both technically and in statistically but her strength, power, speed and mobility have also increased. To be a good athlete you must have a good combination of these qualities. This is something that Mark put forward to us at his workshop, that preparation and movement control was just important if not more so than the load on the barbell or the time on your stop watch. If we can move correctly, function properly and conserve energy through correct strength training (maximal, power, postural etc) then we can give ourselves an advantage when it comes to the race.
The facilities at Sport House Barking are second to none. It was like gym porn. Eleiko plastered everywhere. So there was a great base for Mark to begin with and in a room full of like minded and very good coaches from across the country who work in all different areas of S&C it was set up for a good day of learning. There was a good few debates on certain topics, namely whether olympic lifting was important to a triathlete or not and we even managed to get out in the rare hour of sunshine to go through running mechanics on the olympic standard track.
I would recommend that anybody knew to triathlons from both a coaching and competitive perspective first purchase Marks book and secondly if you get a chance to attend one of his workshops then do that also. He is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable coach who really delivered in person what I hoped he would after reading his work. I hope that our paths will cross again soon! A big thanks to Duncan from DoTraining.com for putting on the workshop at Sport House Barking. Duncan is an ex professional basketball player and from what I have experienced so far is doing a great job in Barking on educating young athletes in strength and conditioning with basketball and netball talent whilst providing workshops like this to S&C coaches around the country. So keep an eye out for more of those. Cheers guys! (review taken from http://www.edmfitness.co.uk/mark-jarvis-triathlon-workshop/)
Duncan brought a commitment, passion and technical knowledge that contributed to both the specific physical condition of the team and to the overall can do will do attitude that was developed throughout the programme. He worked extremely well with our medical staff and communicated effectively with myself and my coaching staff.
He became a integral part of our management team. No role was too big or too small for Duncan. He would always simply do whatever it took to achieve our teams goals.
The Strength and Conditioning Internship at the University of East London was a great opportunity for me to gain practical experience working with athletes as I pursued my degree. This program allowed me the opportunity to work with elite athletes from a multitude of different sports, some of which I had never been around before.
Head Strength Coach, Duncan Ogilvie, created a knowledge rich environment with many coaches and scientists constantly around the gym. This allowed me to continuously learn new ideologies about training and programming that I would have never had without this internship. The experiences and knowledge I gained through this internship not only helped me complete my degree, but has also greatly helped me in my professional career. Becoming a UEL Strength and Conditioning Intern was one of the best decisions I made while I was at the University of East London.
— Trent Reeves - 2014-15 Intern/Current Role Sports Scientist P3 California
The desire to constantly innovate and improve practice is crucial in mastering strength and conditioning coaching. A key aspect of this process is being able to immerse oneself in a topic facilitated by an experienced mentor coach. Professional workshops, which delve deeply into single topic areas are a great way of facilitating this process. The challenge is finding the right opportunities to do this.
Duncan Ogilvie, through his company DoTraining, takes much of the hard work out of this process. He constantly researches the industry to find the hot topics and the leading experts in these subjects. He then uses this information to set up workshops where participants can spend a day or so in the presence of these experts. This affords coaches the opportunity to enhance practice and develop new training tools and insights with which to take their coaching practice to the next level.
— Ian Jeffreys (CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, ASCC, RSCC*D, FNSCA). Former workshop presenter.
There is one unique reason that the DoTrainingWorkshops are so useful for S&C coaches. They say they best chefs cook the food that they like to eat. The best musicians make the music they want to listen to. Duncan Ogilvie puts on the workshops which he would like to attend! This means that you don’t get flashy titles which under deliver or workshops which promise to change your career. Instead you get real S&C on topics which are relevant and can affect what you do on Monday morning. Combine that with great facilities and the opportunity to work in smaller groups with coaches you haven’t met before and you’ve got great value for money.
— Mark Jarvis – S&C coach at England Institute of Sport, WBA F.C. Former workshop presenter.
The work I do with DoTraining is based around my off-season and preparing for the national team duty. His dedication and overall enthusiasm towards his work creates the perfect environment to get the most out of your body and mind.
Duncan has found a way to adapt certain exercises to my necessity’s and to those of a pro basketball player. He has also shown and educated me on how important it is to look after your body and ways I should do that.
The work I do with Duncan during my off season has been one of the biggest reasons for my success over the last few summers and will no doubt have an important role in off seasons to come.”
— Daniel Clark - Professional Basketball Player 2012 Olympian
The Do Training workshop on Strength and Conditioning for Triathlon held by Mark Jarvis is a must attend course for any coach or Triathlete looking to capitalise on performing at their best. S&C is often overlooked or performed poorly by long distance athletes. Mark uncovers the benefits and dispels the myths. I highly recommend DoTrainingWorkshops for your career development.
— Simon De Burgh – 2x Personal Trainer of the Year. Creator of LDST & Physique Elite DTP Specialist.
Having worked as an S&C coach at many different levels, ranging from volunteering with youth athletes, right up to working at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, i know how important it is to establish clear opportunities to develop my expertise and stay ahead of the field. Whether this is by reading the latest literature, discussions with other coaches or attending conferences and workshops. It all helps!
I have been lucky enough to both spend time with Duncan and the DoTraining team to talk over ideas and methods, as well as to attend their workshops. The workshops have been excellent, both in the knowledge delivered and the atmosphere created by Duncan and his team to ensure that all attendees get the most out of the day. I count them as an integral part of my own development process, giving me both the opportunity to hear the latest information from some of the countries top coaches as well as the time spent with like minded S&C’s sharing knowledge and networking.
The workshops are set apart because they are organised by Duncan and his team who are passionate S&C Coaches themselves, that are as keen to learn from the speakers as the rest of the attendees. This ensures that the workshops remain attendee focused and that the environment created is open and relaxed.
I would thoroughly recommend any aspiring coach or trainer attends DoTrainings future workshops!
— Rhys Ingram – S&C Coach at England Institute of Sport, Former workshop presenter.
Westminster Sports Unit are proud to work in partnership with DoTraining on our local talent programme ‘Champions of the Future’. DoTraining will focus on strength and conditioning work with our athletes, as well as support on other areas of performance, using various methods to engage and educate athletes. We are excited about the opportunity to develop this partnership and build upon opportunities for our young athletes through the experience and expertise of DoTraining coaches.
— Westminster City Council
I have been to a DoTraining workshop previously at Sport House, London, so I was looking forward to the day. An opportunity to learn from an esteemed coach with excellent experience and in a world class facility, I was not disappointed.
Mark Jarvis was a good presenter, combining interaction with the audience plus factual experiences and knowledge. I currently don’t work with triathletes so it was great to learn some coaching for a new sport. I’d highly recommend Do Training workshops to all S&C coaches as there was some very experienced coaches in attendance, i would especially recommend it to young aspiring coaches or those looking to pursue UKSCA accreditation.
DoTraining was part of the Great Britain women’s Olympic handball squad in our most important 15 months of preparation. We have come on leaps and bounds this last year with the help of Duncan who joined our S&Cstaff to make sure that physically we were preparing the best we could.
On our last year of preparation before summer 2012 we have had to make sure that we nail our technique in the gym in order to be in better condition and be stronger. Duncan along with his knowledge and motivation has been a part of this development for the team. As a squad we have been extremely lucky to have such support from Duncan as he has shown his passion for sport and individual athletes in his commitment to helping us gain our physical goals.
Personally I have had great coaching from Duncan which has enabled me to be in the best condition of my life and at the right time. In the last 6 years of being a full time athlete this last year has been the year I have made the most strides which has in turn improved my performance on the court.
DoTraining provide me with all the expertise I need during my season with regular individualised and periodised programs. Also they are always available to discuss my program over scheduled Whatsapp calls and online platforms. Its a great service and one that I cannot do without.