Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Remote Coaching

Mike Nelson's response to my deadlift form.  This deadlift was done at 115# - which was under my working weight for that day of 135#.

I thought it was a great example of "customized distance learning".

Mike was kind enough to let me share and answer some questions regarding how he structured his class.
For those of you who have read this blog for years, you know that I've been on a bit of a health kick.
Actually - it may be more than a kick since I've been at it for 4+ years....

Anyway, I had an opportunity to do some remote coaching with a trainer / nutrition researcher who's work I have been following for the past couple of years.

I thought the course was a good example of "customized" eLearning.

Brief notes on the design of the course / coaching from the student perspective:
- Duration: 6 weeks (5 weeks of material + 1 week of wrap-up)

- We would receive an email with a link to the week's material.  Mike would then follow-up with a call for questions and some homework.

- The student would respond with the requested material.

It was pretty straightforward and, I thought, really effective.

What got my attention, however, was the care he took in responding to some of my inquiries - such as taking a look at my deadlift form from a really crummy cell-phone video.  His comments were incredibly helpful.

My current working weight is up to 175# for 5 reps.  Not bad for someone who took a year off from all heavy work and who's 1RM at her strongest was 205#.  Last September, a few months after this course - I was able to easily lift 205# again.

Thank you Dr. Mike Nelson for letting me share the video.

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