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Dan-BakerDan Baker Strength & Conditioning Workshop We are delighted to announce we have Dan coming to Ireland to deliver 2 day workshop for us. It will be Dan’s first time in Ireland and he can’t wait to get over to present his vast knowledge of experience with you. Anyone in the Strength and Conditioning circles knows of Dan Baker and its going to be full for the 2 days. Dan will be covering everything from athletic development in young athletes, strength and power training in amateur/professional sports, in and out of season programming, cross training, endurance development, bands and chains and their use in sports training and much, much more.   Turning Athletes into Hardened Professional Athletes the Australian Way A quick overview on some of the presentations/practicals Dan will touch on over the 2 days.   Presentation 1: Preparation Not Annihilation An Overview of Dans view LTAD with an emphasis on the resistance training progressions. In this session: Dan will go through an overview of LTAD, the Australian system of athlete development, reasons why child and youth athletes get injured and/or give up sports/training, what has been done in Australia to create best practices, with an emphasis on physical competency and controlling load.   Practical 1: Child/Youth Training Emphasizing the Right Start with Bodyweight Exercise This session will entail six methods to optimise the primary bodyweight exercises for athletic development.

  •  Push-up
  •  Pull-up
  •  Squat
  •  Split leg
  •  Plank
  •  Sit-up

Presentation 2: Training to Compete with the Big Boys Dan will look at the resistance training progressions necessary to undertake before advanced methods of strength and power training are embraced in addition to discussing the theoretical aspects of band and chain training. Basically this presentation looks at progressions in programming. This includes progressions in periodisation (cycle) structure, as well as exercises, sets, reps, volumes and intensities. Practical session 2: How to set-up and use Band and Chains How to use bands and chains for strength, power and size with amateur and professional athletes Presentation 3: Advanced Power Training This lecture will present data upon the following Dan’s research into the effects of different power training variations and hence why Dan uses or recommends certain techniques or strategies: The following will be discussed:

  • Negative acute effects of high reps upon power output
  • Full acceleration exercises such jump squats and bench throws
  • Timed-rep sets
  • Contrast load complexes
  • Agonist & antagonist contrasting muscle action complexes
  • Cluster sets
  • Drop sets
  • Bands & chains

Dan will also go through some of the programs he used at various times at the Broncos, including Gen. Prep., Spec. Prep. for both NRL and NYC (U/20 yrs). The difference in programming between NRL and NYC will be discussed in the context of the previous lectures. Practical 3: Advanced Power Training Methods Practical This session will entail a practical of:

  • Negative acute effects of high reps upon power output and the positive effects upon power output of
  • Full acceleration exercises such jump squats, bench throws
  • Timed-rep sets
  • Contrast load complexes
  • Agonist & antagonist contrasting muscle action complexes

Presentation 4: In-season training – Aggressive maintenance In this session, Dan will go through the evolution of his Wave Method for in-season training, results from 20 -years for in-season maintenance of strength & power.  Dan will also go through some of the programs he used at various times at the Broncos, including during Finals series and Grand Final weeks. Presentation 5: Energy system fitness training In this session, Dan will go through current trends in training for energy system fitness. If you train athletes who run or fight, this may be the most important lecture you attend, as the following will be discussed, with concrete recommendations:

  • DContinuous training V interval training
  • Maximal aerobic speed (MAS)
  • Intermittent Field Test : IFT- 30:15
  • Anaerobic Speed Reserve (ASR)
  • Small sided games (SSG)
  • Circuits & strongman type training
  • Interaction and/or progression in these different training modes

Presentation/Practical 6: This will be left for attendees to decide Anyone who books on the 2 day workshop can you please send us an email on what you would like covered that isn’t mentioned above and Dan will happily put something together to present and go though in practical too. We want this lead by the attendees on the day too so everyone can walk away from spending time with Dan and be able to implement material to whoever they work along side or clients. 

Location: Ireland Strength Conditioning Midland Centre
Gem Business Park
Athlone Road
Co. Longford
Date: 11th 12th October
Times: 9am – 5pm
Places: SOLD OUT 40/40
Food, snacks and refreshments will be provided over the weekend 

We will be going for food on the Saturday night with Dan so it will give everyone a chance to network and chat business and training. If anyone is looking for somewhere cheap to stay on the saturday night here is the best and only spot   dan 1 Dan Baker is one of the worlds leading authorities upon strength and power training for sports athletes. A PhD in sports science specializing in the testing and training of strength and power,he has the scientific knowledge and practical know how to implement effective strength and power training for sports athletes. Unlike most Phd’s he does not work as a full-time lecturer or in a laboratory – he trains athletes. No science bullshit – just the stuff that works.Some things about Dan Baker As a strength & conditioning coach: Former strength and power training coach of the Brisbane Broncos Rugby league team since 1995 (title winners 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006) Former champion powerlifter and powerlifting coach Strength and Conditioning Coach to elite international and national level athletes in the following sports – rugby league, rugby union, powerlifting, diving, soccer, track & field, netball, mixed martial arts to name a few A Level 3 Strength and Conditioning Coach and Master Coach of Strength and Conditioning as recognized by the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association As an Educator and Mentor for strength & conditioning coaches Dan is the National President of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) which is the not-for-profit body recognized by the Australian Federal Government to educate and accredit strength & conditioning coaches within Australia. Dan continues to lecture to all levels of ASCA coaches, from Level 1 beginner Coaches through to the Level 3 Elite Athlete Coaches. Dan is a sought after Educator of Strength & Conditioning Coaches because he makes the science easy and tells it straight. The practical implementation is what it is all about. Life memberships In Australian sport and social life, the “Club” is important. Dedicated club members are sometimes bestowed an honour titled “Life Member” for endless hours of dedicated work on behalf of the Club or Organization. Dan has three Life Memberships. Dan is a Life Member of the ASCA. Dan is a Life Member of North Kirra Surf_Lifesaving Club Dan is a Life Member of the University of Queensland Powerlifting & Weightlifting Club.


Kevin D’Arcy,MSc. Physio, MISCP, CPSEM, CPMT, CSCS, WIL1,
Chartered Physiotherapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, International Level Olympic Weightlifting Coach will provide a seminar in utilising the explosive lifts as training methodologies for field sports.
As a competive lifter Kevin has many times broken Irish records, won 7 Irish titles and many times been been the top lifter in Ireland. He has also been the only Irishman to win a British title, to compete in World University Games, many times European Senior Championships and has coached Internationally for Ireland.
Previously working as a S&C coach with Scottish premier League, he currently works with both Connacht rugby and Galway GAA offering specialised Olympic Weightlifting coaching amoungst other services.
Kevin learned the best components of Olympic Lifting training when spending time training with the Polish Olympic team including World record holders for extended periods of time and has also trained extensively in Ukraine where he learned the well reknowned Soviet weightlifting system.
Kevin D'Arcy 14/8/2011
He combines this practical experience with his academic knowledge as a S&C Specialist and Chartered Physiotherapist to bring a very well integrated use of explosive movements to team sports.
This seminar will address:
1: Why we use Olympic weightlifting movements.
2: Choice of Olympic lift variantions for sporting performance.
3: Mobility requirements for various explosive lifts.
4: Warm up drills for explosive lifting.
5: Practical coaching and practice of snatch variations.
6: Practical coaching and practice of clean variations.
7: Practical coaching and practice of jerk/overhead varitions.
8: How and when to include these movements in our sports conditioning programs.
9: Practical coaching and practice of back squat, deadlift & bench press
10: Questions and answers section.
It is limited to the first 15 people and it will be our cheapest seminar as its the first one before we go nationwide with it.

Location- Longford Town, Athlone Road

 Price- 69 Euro only 

Date- 2nd February workshop 1- 9am to 2.30 ( 3 spots left)

Workshop 2 on same day from 3.30pm to 8.30pm(2 spots left)


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