When we don't see a problem, we can't solve it.
A summary of Austin Einhorn's (APIROS) "The Evolved Coach" course.
THE EVOLVED COACH
As this course has come to a close, I figured it would be wise to put together a short overview for those that may be interested. A number of colleagues have already asked me for my opinion and feedback, so I'm sure there are many others that this may be helpful for as well. To be honest, this was one of the more pivotal courses I've taken in a while so I'm happy to be writing this summary.
The Evolved Coach is an 8 week on-line (mentorship) course, combining didactic lecture with interactive case study. At this current time, the course format is as follows:
The live classes/meetings are held at the same time each day and are recorded. The recordings are then uploaded immediately for those unable to attend live. As I was unable to attend a number of sessions live, this was very much appreciated. A number of individuals were from Europe and Asia I believe, so this was convenient for them as well. As far as I know, we have access to the recordings indefinitely so note taking will surely continue for the foreseeable future. It is important to note as well that Austin is very accessible during the duration of this course so as long as there were questions, there certainly were answers.
The depth and breadth of content within The Evolved Coach course is very widespread. As Austin is a "thinker," this course lies on a foundation of principles, observation and problem solving. It is grounded in an "evolutionary" approach, so his perspective on movement is one that swims upstream to the current thought processes of many, including some of the "developmental"-based courses that I have taken previously. In general, he hit on many areas that others seem to overlook and take for granted.
The "coaching" approach taught in this course is patient, methodical, contextual and principle- (vs protocol) driven. All of this much like his teaching approach. An extensive amount of video is utilized here and the filming and discussion of our own athletes is encouraged. He also provided us with a large video library to quickly bring us all to a level playing field which was easily accessible for quick reference when necessary. Personally, I found this useful whenever my mind randomly spun throughout the day.
The "coaching" approach taught in this course is patient, methodical, contextual and principle- (vs protocol) driven. All of this much like his teaching approach.
Foundational principles covered in this course included:
While a great deal of time was spent on the following topics (amongst others):
As I mentioned, Austin incorporates a significant amount of video. Perhaps at least 80% of the course is "watching movement." This is beneficial for us learners as it offered us a window into specificity and context. The great part about this approach used was that Austin was able to go over each of his and our athletes in real time, with space for questions and discussion.
In summary, this was (primarily) a "movement" based course catered to professionals who like - or need - to think and problem solve when working with their clients or athletes. It is one that requires (relatively) daily commitment and enhanced by contribution from the students/learners. Questions and comments are highly encouraged and in my opinion, make this course even better than it is already.
While all students, upon completion of this mentorship, walked away with a greater and unique understanding of why and how we locomote the way we do, the paths of our respective understandings are paved according to our current backgrounds, experiences, experiments and implementations.
For those seriously considering, I would recommend a deep scour of the Apiros blog and a follow of his social media accounts.