Interning with Darren Roberts

Me and Darren Roberts

I want to be the best coach I can be.

I want to train an athlete who wins a World Cup or World Championships title.

I know that I need to work hard to improve my knowledge and methodology in order for this to become a reality and that is why I have recently started a 3 month internship with Darren Roberts.  You have probably heard of Darren; he has a column in Dirt, and he used to be in charge of the high performance programme at Red Bull, looking after many top riders like the Athertons and Danny Mac.  He has trained athletes to the highest levels and succeeded.  He is now focussed on rehab for top extreme sports athletes and is over seeing Martin Soderstrom and Josh Bryceland as we speak.

Last week I went and spent the day with him in their facility in Wilmslow, just outside Manchester.  I coached a gym based power session in the morning and a conditioning session in the afternoon, all under Darren’s watchful eye.  Based on this he has given me some feedback on my coaching style and methods.  It is never easy to take (even constructive) criticism, however I know that I am not perfect and that I make mistakes and that in order to develop as a coach I need the truth.  Darren is straight talking and I have a list of things to work on before our next session.

In particular I realised that I need to improve my understanding of applying plyometric exercises within my programmes.  Darren had plenty of great ideas and exercises that I had not seen before and I will be focussing on this aspect of my personal development and education over the next month or so at least.

I should be re-visiting in about a month and I will let you know how I get on.

Stay Strong

Ben