“Aspire to Inspire and Stay Focused!” Look to Lady Gaga

If the Mother of Monsters (Lady Gaga) was an athletics leader, what would her little monsters say? 

She’s reached the number one Tweet again on the Twitters Sphere after being allegedly being criticised by Perez Hilton on her new album “Applause”. Lady Gaga is very consistent at reaching the headlines as well as sweeping awards with her musical talents. For me, I’m more interested in her ability to influence her fans using the “Aspire to Inspire” mantra.

YouTube Channel at Clevver Music reviewed by Misty,

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Lady Gaga’s achievement to date:

Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
American Music Awards
1 9
Brit Awards
3 4
Grammy Awards
5 15
MTV Europe Music Awards
8 20
MTV Video Music Awards
13 26
Awards won 191
Nominations 263

Twitter: 39,788,900 Followers

Facebook: 58,723,468 Likes 

Through her edgy image, elevating lyrics and electric personality, she has the power to mobilise her little monsters to tear down social media icons and large blue chip corporations. So, where am I going with this post? I’m trying to illustrate that our communication techniques as a Coach is only as effective as how receptive the audience is to us. In Lady Gaga’s case, her monsters will love her as long as she continues to holds her image, music and personality.

Today’s track & field training at the Copthall Training Ground was a good example. Due to the holiday season, the turn out was lower then expected for the younger age group. I was surprised to learn that the ones who didn’t have the luxury of a break or a holiday away was sent by their parents to pro-long swimming lessons, dance classes and more. I’m just concern that these young athletes will burn out from all these extra activities, eventually they would be put off from sport in their later life.

How do you grab the attention of kids who are tuned out? We struggled to snap them out of their day-dreams and half effort performance. A good example would be the 200m bunny hop warm up exercise. We lined up the athletes on the start line (5 long minutes! As the boys were arguing who wanted Lane 6 because it’s Usain Bolt’s lane) before we carry out the demonstration. Then the girls broke out into a debate on who wanted Lane 2 as it’s the fastest lane…. God give me strength! After the set-up which felt like an eternity, we got them off to a start to stay on task. The results were varied. 70% of the group hopped all the way while the 30% gave a paper-men like performance. (flopping all over the lane and even out of lane) I find these proverbs very fitting.

   “Birds of a feather flock together.” 

   “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” 

I discovered that by joining in their conversation, I understood they needed encouragement and positive feedbacks. “X, your technique was good. Let see if you can repeat this on the next run. Y, your time was very close to X, you should be happy. Z, get off the mobile stairs, you can hurt yourself if you fall!”. From that point onwards, all the paper-men disappeared and the athletes were thankfully focused and in a competitive mode.

Coaching Session


Warm up routine:

400m – slow jog

50m – Greek Dancing down the lane (left side, then right side)

50m – Bunny hops

50m – kick stretches

70m – Lunge

70m – Marching with arms swinging at right angle

70m – 3 steps jump

Main session – Acceleration + Sprint work

Example: Arms folded sitting on line, then run 50m (other variations)

Cool Down:

Routine stretches

Part 2

We finished the day with a block start training exercise. For short distance sprinting, the effectiveness of a block start is important. This could cost your athlete a position on the podium!

Step One: Set out the block track as indicated in the photo below, and position the athlete in a tri-pod start position over the track.

Step two: Measure and record the correct distance of the athlete’s footing and clip the blocks in place. Remember you’ll need to move the track back to suit the athlete, so the track is actually NOT TOUCHING the line.

Step 3: The front block is raised to 1

 Step 4: The rear block is raised to 3

 Step 5: Trial and error. Once the step up is complete, get the athlete to tri-pod starting position again. Readjust the blocks and the track to get the optimum setting for athlete. 🙂

Blimey! So this is it for today… also, please check out my website www.mystorio.com and LIKE my Facebook Page on MyStorio!


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