GAAStrength.ie Blog

Our Motivation

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek.

Why are we doing this? We want to influence change in the way we treat GAA players.

The players are the most important part of the game. We must allow them to thrive in the environment they are placed in. We must bring in the new and forget the old. We feel there is a demand for information from coaches and players. There is a need for a platform that is easy to access with information that can be broken down into terms everybody can understand.

GAA Strength will provide this information. We will give the player and the coach knowledge and information as to what the rights and wrongs are.

  • We are providing a periodised program for the GAA players, both the Club Player and the player that is playing 2 matches per week at any level.
  • We have provided recommendations and guidelines of how a typical training week should plan out, using a traffic light system which players and coaches can see Training Loads, Recovery Days and Match Days.
  • We will utilise a blog section to keep you up to date with the latest training methods and to air any wrongs or frustrations that are currently in place.
  • A recovery section is pivotal especially for those that have heavy training weeks ahead. We have broken down information used by top coaches and provided you with a 100 point recovery sheet.
  • A video section that demonstrates technique trumps all. We will provide videos of the exercises in our programs and helpful hints and tips along with the odd interview from top players or coaches.

 

What we want you to know

1. Strength is important however it is just a component. A lot has been made recently of the level of conditioning that GAA players are required to complete in order to play at the top level. Our guidelines maintain that strength training is always secondary to actual preparation for a match. As strength and conditioning coaches we realise that S&C is not the most important component in GAA.

2. The days of running hills until we get sick or faint should be gone. These methods are out dated. We will strive to show why they have little value and what methods should be implemented to change this. Our blogs will be informative and mostly evidence based.

3. We hope to listen to the players and coaches. Listen to what their problems are and then provide solutions. We are here to help.

4. Give you the tools to live the highs and lows of the GAA year. It is a roller coaster none of us can get enough of.

On a final note, we would like to share some of our thoughts in those early days when we doubted our project would come to fruition. This was written almost 2 months ago.

We have had many fears of failing, not putting up the right content, our idea being laughed at, our work being unsuccessful, the total website being a failure. We have feared this project in every way!

But then we thought why can’t we do this? What is stopping us from making a great website? What is stopping us from striving to push the boundaries in everything we do? What is stopping us from being up there with the best? What is stopping us from showing people that ordinary students can become what we can only dream of! There is a great quote by Mark Twain – “the two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” We are on the road to finding our why’s.

Conor, Craig & Sean.