Geoff Marshall

I lead on delivery and programming for strength and conditioning at The Sennocke Centre. I graduated from University of Brighton with a BSc Sport and Exercise Science and from Middlesex University with an MSc Strength and Conditioning. I also attained UKSCA and NSCA accreditations whilst interning; an invaluable experience which provided a great platform to progress into working within elite sport. Prior to this position I held an S&C role at QPR FC and gave 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, though I am still keen to implement 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 and speaking to athletes and coaches. From this I formulate a specific testing battery 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! I also always aim to educate athletes and coaches, presenting thoughts, data and philosophies which invite 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 facilitate movement and to sustain performance through conditioning.