The SHIFT Show is an educational podcast to help people get the tools, ideas, and latest science they need to help change athletes lives. It is hosted by Dr. Dave Tilley a Sports Physical Therapist, Gymnastics Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach, International Lecturer, and the CEO of SHIFT movement Science.
Denver Gymnastics Head Coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart on Continual NCAA Success and The Upcoming Season
Today on the podcast, we are continuing with our NCAA coaching interviews.
This week I am joined by Melissa Kutcher Reinhart from Denver gymnastics, another fantastic program that has been crushing it for multiple years in a row now.
A former gymnast herself, she competed at the University of Florida and then had the opportunity to coach as an assistant at the University of Michigan.
In 2023 Melissa will enter her 25th season as head coach of the University of Denver gymnastics program.
Since arriving in 1999 she has led Denver to 23 consecutive appearances at NCAA Regionals and five NCAA Nationals team berths.
I wanted to have Melissa on to discuss what it really takes to have a successful and continuously thriving program year after year.
So I picked her brain on what things are working. What things would she go back and change from her younger career?
And how did she evolve in her role, where she's doing such a fantastic job with Denver.
The driving catalyst behind the exploding popularity of women’s college gymnastics.
Character, teamwork, and excellence are the pillars of Denver’s culture.
The importance of leadership in the program.
The difference between pursuing excellence and demanding perfection.
What makes a world-class coach?
Why it’s so important to have open channels of communication.
How club coaches can take advantage of the resources available at the college level.
The one thing Melissa Kutcher wishes she’d learned from her younger self.
Jordyn Wieber on Arkansas Gymnastics Growth, Culture, and The Upcoming NCAA Season
Today on the podcast I'm very fortunate and excited to have on Jordyn Wieber, head coach of Arkansas gymnastics to chat about her transition from her own gymnastics career to becoming a head coach of a successful College Team.
A phenomenal personal career including Olympic Gold as part of the Fierce Five in London 2012 and multiple World medals.
Jordyn went on to College at UCLA where she ended up becoming the volunteer assistant coach for three years.
This inspired and ignited a new passion for coaching and in April 2019 she became the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks gymnastics team.
But how easy was this transition?
Why you need to be able to read the room and understand what athletes need.
Jordyn Wieber’s advice on how to improve a club's culture.
How to be super productive, have expectations, and still have enjoyable training sessions.
The importance of cultivating events, experiences, and relationships outside of the gym.
Jordyn Wieber’s top tip on how to be a good recruiter.
Why being a good person goes a long way.
Increasing Gymnastics Power by Changing Culture Around Lifting Weights with Tiz Clive
Today on the podcast I am very excited to bring on Tiz Clive a wonderful gymnastics coach and strength coach from Canada who believes in gymnast longevity and increase performance using weight training.
Tiz is a fantastic example of what can be done when you embrace the hybrid model of lifting and traditional gymnastics strength work.
I invited her on to talk about how she learned about weight training and what she thinks are the most valuable exercises for gymnasts to be doing.
So if you want to start implementing weight training this is a guide on exactly how to do so.
How to find the balance between lifting and traditional gymnastic strength.
What does a typical lifting session look like in the offseason and preseason?
How many sets and reps should you do?
What age should gymnasts be to start lifting?
Will gymnasts get bulky lifting weights?
Three weighted leg exercises that are better than squats.
Core exercises that are for effective than leg lifts.
Accessory and maintenance care work you don’t want to miss out on.
Advice for coaches who want to implement weight training.
Syd Soloski Discusses Helping Gymnasts Retire and Move On In Healthy Ways
Today on the podcast we have a super important and must-hear episode about gymnasts and athletes of all sports retiring or transitioning out of gymnastics, or their sport.
This is not commonly talked about but is hugely important because of its devastating impact on athletes, who have a sudden, abrupt end to their sport.
You go from being super regimented, having a plan, training towards a goal, and you have an identity and a community tied to the sport so when it goes away you have a void, feel lost and don’t really know what to do.
I recently saw a tweet from former National Canadian Team Member and Utah Gymnastic alumni Syd Soloski:
“Retired athletes!! Do you feel like your university/college/program/coaches etc prepared you for life after sport? The transition, identity crisis….??”
So I invited her onto the podcast to discuss this issue as she has experienced this tricky transition firsthand.
Exploring a better offramp system for gymnasts and athletes moving on from their sport.
There’s an onramp system for College, but why isn’t there an offramp?
How to find a new purpose in your life after sport.
Coach because you're passionate about it not because you’re trying to fill a void.
The importance of having conversations with your kids about who they are.
How do you shift your training mentality and motivation from being an elite athlete to living a ‘normal’ healthy lifestyle?
How to come to terms with the goals that you didn’t accomplish.
What to do when coaches aren’t supportive of athletes quitting?
How to cope with having to medically retire.
Why therapy is like prehab.
Overcoming Mental Blocks, Anxiety, and Low Confidence in Gymnastics with Rebecca Smith
Today on the podcast, I had a great chat with former gymnast, coach, and Gymnastics Mental Skills expert Rebecca Smith.
Founder and CEO of Complete Performance Coaching, Rebecca helps high achievers thrive under pressure allowing kids to reach peak performance as well as maximum enjoyment.
In the last few podcast episodes, we've been dancing around mental blocks, what to do and how to help.
I’ve received countless emails and messages about sons or daughters struggling with back walkovers, back handsprings, and flyaways.
So many parents, gymnasts, and coaches want to know what they can do to help get through freezing up on skills, nerves, anxiety, dwindling confidence, and mental blocks, particularly as season approaches.
Rebecca has worked with 100s of parents, clubs, and athletes on how to help get through mental blocks.
We deep dive into her experience helping people, and what works to overcome these challenges that so many gymnasts face.
Mental blocks are biological.
How to overcome the fear response in your athletes.
Why the brain wrestles between logic and emotion.
How growing can impact fear.
Communication is critical for success.
The relationship you have with yourself is your biggest asset in overcoming challenges.
Kids learn more from how you behave than what you say.
Do you really need to post competition results on Instagram?
What to do if your gym is not open to change.
We want to invite you to a FREE training for gymnastics parents that Rebecca is putting on:
This free class is next Sunday 11/6 @ 9 am PST / 12pm EST, covering exactly how to help with mental blocks and gymnasts struggling with confidence.
You’ll learn the entire 3-step Mental Block Breakthrough Method that will teach you how to help your athlete overcome fear without being too controlling or too involved.
If you’ve ever wondered “how can I fix this for her?” This is for you.
If you’ve seen mental blocks making her miserable, then DO NOT MISS THIS FREE TRAINING.
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P.S. Who do you know that has an athlete who is struggling with mental blocks? Feel free to send them the link to register too.
Instilling Confidence In Your Athletes
This week's mini podcast episode is a sneak peek of our brand new Herolab guest lecture: Instilling Confidence In Your Athletes, which will be released next week.
This month's guest lecturer is Ariana Eydenberg, M.S. physiologist and owner of The Mindful Gymnast
Ariana was a former Junior U.S Elite but struggled with fear which lead her to pursue her interest in psychology.
In this episode Ariana covers:
Building Confidence from the inside out
Learn how to embrace failure Fostering an Athletes Grown Mindset Self Talks Role in Confidence Hopefully, you enjoyed this mini-podcast episode, if you would like to hear the rest of the Instilling Confidence In Your Athletes lecture head over to the Herolab.
Terrific conversations and ideas!
Wonderful content on a wide variety of subjects! I always learn something new, and the common sense delivery is appreciated. I especially like how Dr. Tilley is transparent about what he doesn’t know, and is open to accepting new ideas, and is honest about his own growth and learning from past mistakes. Our industry and the athletes he works with is better because of what he contributes.
Dr. Dave Tilley is awesome
I have been listening to all of the podcasts and reading all of Dave’s materials on Shift and his Hero Lab as they are highly informative to us coaches as to strength and conditioning training in order to prevent overuse injuries, positive coaching methodologies and physical therapies for helping our gymnasts through painful injuries and their comebacks. The podcasts are always high quality in production but most importantly in the guest speakers he has on. His books are at times tedious unless you are in the medical field and his strength and conditioning lingo is difficult to decipher, but in the end with his YouTube videos showing the movements, they kick your coaching skills up several notches!
I stepped away from coaching gymnastics for 10 years to have kids and a focus on my family and I have recently started again and I am so happy to have all the amazing information that Dave has available to us on his podcast. I really wish this podcast had been around 10 years ago. All the information he shares is truly invaluable and I am so grateful to have found this amazing resource and that he is helping to make the gymnastics community a more wholistically safe place for gymnasts by helping educate coaches.