17th April 2021

Helping Gymnastics Coaches Stay Happy in the Gym / Changing Cultures

Gymnastics Coaches

If there is one thing that I know all gymnastics coaches deal with, it’s frustration and burnout. I have dealt with it, I’ve seen coaches I work with deal with it, and I know for a fact it’s one of the number one things people tell me when traveling for consulting.

Many coaches have very real reasons for it as well. The hours of coaching can be brutal, the pay can be less than ideal. During the year you are forced to work weekends, some parents/gymnasts can be really tough to work with, and many times the gym that coaches are working in has a really toxic culture. All of these things can create low motivation to work, feeling really overwhelmed, and increasing levels of burnout.

In this podcast, I talk with one of my very good friends Vanessa McCoy about how coaches can be happier at work.

We also discuss what coaches can do to help build a gym culture that makes everyone’s level of happiness/productivity increase. Vanessa is the owner of Peak Gymnastics and Fitness in Michigan, was a former high-level gymnast before an elbow OCD injury forced her to retire, is currently a very high-level Olympic Weightlifter, and works with a large staff of gymnastics coaches at her facility.

We talk about:

  • Common problems that gymnastics coaches experience related to low motivation and burnout
  • How coaches can approach change when other coaches or gym owners are stuck in old school habits
  • How to discuss topics like motivation, nutrition, and work ethic with gymnasts
  • How to discuss these topics with parents
  • How to approach your gym owner about being happier with coaching
  • How to start building ‘new school’ changes like weightlifting and new education into your program

This is a really amazing episode, and I can’t thank Vanessa enough for joining me.

How To Be Happier Coaching and Change Your Gym’s Culture
with Vanessa McCoy


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Also by Dave Tilley:

Nutrition, Mental Toughness And Recovery

Overcoming Failure: 3 Steps To Get Back On Track

Published in collaboration with Shift: Movement Science and Gymnastics Education
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ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS is a Physical Therapist who graduated in 2013 from Springfield College. Dave comes from an extensive gymnastics background, being a former athlete and currently still coaching optional level gymnastics in Boston. Dave was a competitive gymnast for 18 years, 4 of them collegiately as part of the Springfield College Men’s Team. Dave has also been coaching gymnastics for 12 years, being involved in beginner, national, and elite levels. His unique background as a former athlete and current coach gives him a one of a kind approach for the performance and rehabilitation of gymnasts. He has successfully treated some of the most talented high school, collegiate, and junior elite level gymnasts in the country. Along with gymnastics, Dave enjoys treating athletes of all sports as well as the specialized treatment of Olympic Weightlifters and CrossFit athletes. He has worked with regional and national level Olympic Weightlifters, as well as Regional and Games level CrossFit Athletes. Dave graduated from Springfield College with his Bachelors in Science, a Minor in Psychology, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He became Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy in February of 2016, and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2017. His current interests include prevention and rehabilitation of extension based spine injuries, shoulder and hip instability, periodization and strength and conditioning models, as well as the science involved in long-term athletic development, mobility training, and motor control. He participates in ongoing continuing education by attending various courses, collaborating with other professionals, and staying up to date with the most current medical research. Along with treating in the clinic, Dave is also the CEO/Founder of “SHIFT Movement Science and Gymnastics Education”. This company was started in 2014 to help educate those involved in gymnastics, medical fields, Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, and more about optimal performance and preventative rehabilitation strategies. By combining his roles as a healthcare provider, current coach, and athlete Dave looks to help remold the gymnastics world with current, scientifically backed principles that optimize a gymnast’s long-term potential. His new forward-thinking ideas have been nationally recognized with members of USA Gymnastics, being implemented into JO, Collegiate, and Elite level programs. Dave travels to speak both nationally and internationally at various events across the country including Make It Right Elite Gymnastics Camp, USAG Regional, and National Congress, Power Monkey Camp in Tennessee, and has consulted with many NCAA Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics. Dave is very passionate about his work both in the clinic and gymnastics training arena. He aims to deliver the best possible care to the clients he sees and athletes he trains. He hopes to soon become more active in the role of conducting research studies related to gymnastics. Dave is the newest addition to the Champion Physical Therapy and Performance Team.

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