'Bought In' Workshop with Coach Brett Bartholomew

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

So just recently I had the opportunity to spend a full day learning from one of the true leaders in the world or strength training. Brett's experience comes from over a decade research and practice training high performing athletes, military folk and many in between.

Over his career he has made significant contributions to strength and conditioning worldwide, including book, 'conscious coaching', and follow up materials including his course, 'Bought In'. The two works mentioned dive in to the social psychology of working with people from all walks of life and navigating the different personality traits you're likely to encounter effectively. Some may think this is a bit left-field for a strength coach, but at the end of the day, it is people we work with- so why wouldn't we focus on how to work with people effectively?

Unless you're in the field yourself, you may not realise that resources like this are something that our industry has been crying out for.

Coaches and trainers around the world are great at nerding out on the intricacies of different training methods, loading principles, set and rep schemes and so on...but what about how to effectively manage different personalities in order to get the best result? That's the next step, not another variation of a pushup.

Yup. I fangirl over strength coaches. sue me.

So on the Australia Day public holiday, I got up bright and early and made my way to the West Perth Football Club in Joondalup to have my mind blown the entire day.

Even though I have consumed much of his content over the last couple of years, it was something else entirely being able to see him put it in to practice in real time.

Half of our day was spent listening to several presentations on why it's so important to understand what makes people tick in order to have a positive influence on them and how different styles of communication and interaction are crucial.

The other half was spent discussing plyometric training, the progressions and regressions around them and how to implement them in to an effective athletic program. *internal scream of joy*

Usually with events like this I rarely speak up with questions, volunteer to demonstrate or anything that singles myself out due to the anxiety around saying something dumb. Brett challenged us on this and I made a conscious effort to ask the questions I'd been thinking and answer when I had something to say. I've not had a presenter make it so easy to do this which was a game-changer in terms of what I absorbed from this day.

This anxiety is strange to me because in the coaching setting I feel no such pressure, but during these seminars I generally concentrate so intently on absorbing and breaking down what they're presenting in my own head that I tend to feel a sense of lag when questions come up because internally I'm trying to apply what they just said in order to absorb it other words I'm a bit slow, but I get it! But this time I did this less and absorbed more and it's something I'll be doing far more of in the future.

I can already see that many of the points I picked up will come up in future blog posts, training for myself and my members in the future, and that is how I would rate the quality of an event like this. If you're in a position to influence people throughout your day, whether you're a teacher, parent, manager, coach, whatever... you should seriously consider picking up his book or looking him up online, you'll be better for it.

Have any other questions about this or anything else? Feel free to get in touch with me at and lets see how I can help you from there!

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