In today’s episode, Stuart talks to Nick Winkelman about the power of tough to hear feedback, reflective practice, creating coaching cues with your clients, coaching the push-up using a framework called the coaching communication loop and what Nick’s favourite analogy/ coaching cue is. The section on the push up is a masterclass in coaching so even if you skip ahead and listen to that I promise you’ll get a tonne from this episode!

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Nick is the Head of Athletic Performance for the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and has just released his new book, The Language of Coaching. We at LTB would like to show our support for his book so we’re running a competition to win a copy. If you’d like to enter and have a chance of winning 1 of 5 copies of the book, all you need to do is 1. review the show on iTunes and take a screenshot and email it to me and 2. email me over your favourite cue. It can be any type or kind of cue. If you’ve already reviewed the show, you can still enter by sending over your favourite cue. My email is and the winners will be drawn on the 15th of June!


  • [05.50] – How he responded to receiving some hard to take feedback about the first editions of his book.
  • [07.25] – How important receiving feedback has been for him throughout his career.
  • [10.15] – Questions to ask your clients to help with collaboration when creating cues.
  • [18.05] – Why coaches are more comfortable talking about programming than they are about coaching, communication and motivation.
  • [23.05] – Where a trainer should start if they want to start learning more about the intricacies of coaching.
  • [28.35] – Nick explains what the coaching communication loop is.
  • [32.50] – Nick takes us through how he would coach a push-up to a new client using the coaching communication loop.
  • [39.42] – If Nick thinks we should take the time outside of sessions to create coaching cues and analogies.
  • [42.30] – Nick’s favourite cue or analogy



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