The latest issue of Outdoor Fitness is now available in stores and as digital download.
Some of you will know that I have begun a youtube channel -
John Shepherd Track & field Coach - author & editor
Couldn't think of a better name!
I've been taking it a bit more seriously over the last 6 weeks, but especially last 3. This seems to have paid some dividends as I now have 32 subscribers (!) and have had 5,000 minutes of watch time and over 4,000 views. Perhaps more important is that most of the more detailed videos of 2-5 minutes length are being watched for more than 50% of their run time - so they can't be that boring (can they?). One on long jump technique (focussing on the hang and the hitch-kick) has been viewed 1,000 times in the last month alone (apparently it's popular in India!).
The channel contains video and some audio commentaries on coaching long, triple, sprints and multi-events. There are 26 videos so far and they are mostly divided into the following categories (I aim to add a video every week to two):
Coach Tips - longer videos (around 5 minutes) that consider an element of performance in relative detail e.g. bounding (these are black and white - as hopefully everything in them is clear like in black and white in them!)
Track & Field Coaching - these are aimed at athletes (and coaches) and focus on technique i.e. the long jump run up and triple jump technique.
Strength and Conditioning - these videos deal with a conditioning element that's relevant to better track and field performance e.g. plyometrics.
Coach Talk John's Vlog - here I try to talk about areas of performance that don't easily translate to full video i.e. overspeed training and periodisation and the short to long method...
Fitness - I only have one video up on this at the moment, but I may add more about fitness issue videos i.e. weight training for women and why building bigger biceps could be a waste of time.
Here's a Track & Field Coaching video on long jump that's proved popular. It'll take you to the channel too, so, if you are minded, please support and subscribe.
See what I've been up to!