My name is Geoff Marshall and I will be leading on delivery and programming for strength and conditioning at the Sennocke Centre. I graduated from University of Brighton (BSc – Sport and Exercise Science) and then from Middlesex University (Msc – Strength and Conditioning). Shortly after I attained UKSCA and NSCA accreditations whilst interning, before beginning an S&C role at QPR FC. My time spent learning through practical exposure during internships coupled with academic/industry qualifications was invaluable and provided a great platform to progress into working within elite sport. Prior to this position I led strength and conditioning support across the Rio Olympiad for British Fencing. Having experienced performance driven environments, I have come to appreciate that the best and most reliable programme relies on minimal equipment and a good rapport with your athletes! That said I am still keen to implement and enjoy new equipment or technology, certainly in order to objectively describe the session.
My training philosophy initially begins with a needs analysis, reading research papers, watching competition performance, speaking to athletes and coaches. From this I formulate a specific testing battery, important in order to track progression in line with competition demand. Consistent measures allow for repeatable comparison between competition intensity and the programme being performed. Thereby any changes needed can be implemented and enough quantitave information collected to objectively defend my programming choices! Concurrently always aiming to educate athletes and coaches, presenting thoughts, data and philosophies which invites discussion. The fundamental aim of this approach is to increase athlete availability, maximising the time spent in front of coaches and competing, as this is where improvement in the sport is made. Secondary objectives are to firstly facilitate movement by limiting any compensations that exist and developing strength, and secondly sustain performance through conditioning and promoting the ability to repeatedly produce the required movement at near maximal intensity.