Episode 232: Nick Winkelman - The Language of Coaching

This episode guest is Nick Winkelman.

Nick is head of athletic performance and science for the Irish Rugby Football Union.  Nick was formerly the director of education for EXOS, and oversaw the speed and assessment component of their combine development program.  Nick is an internationally recognized speaker, and has his Ph.D with a focus on motor learning and sprinting.  Nick also has an anticipated upcoming book called “The Language of Coaching” where he goes in detail on his learnings and methods on the impact that communication has on an athlete’s ability to learn and perform movements.

On this episode we discuss:

  • How Nick is getting through Co-vid
  • We talk about the genesis of his book "The language of Coaching"
  • I ask Nick how did get a passion to study motor learning and skill acquisition
  • We discuss internal vs external cues and when to use either
  • The layout of his book


This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - www.thelanguageofcoaching.com


Facebook - Nick Winkelman


Twitter - @NickWinkelman

Instagram - nickwinkelman


Books Mentioned:


The Language of Coaching: The Art & Science of Teaching Movement

Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications 

Motor Learning and Performance 6th Edition With Web Study Guide-Loose-Leaf Edition: From Principles to Application

Attention and Motor Skill Learning 


Research Mentioned:

Wulf, G., Höß, M., & Prinz, W. (1998). Instructions for motor learning: Differential effects of internal versus external focus of attention. Journal of Motor Behavior, 30, 169-179.

Wulf, G., Shea, C.H., & Matschiner, S. (1998). Frequent feedback enhances complex motor skill learning. Journal of Motor Behavior, 30, 180-192.

Wulf, G., Shea, C.H., & Whitacre, C.A. (1998). Physical guidance benefits in learning a complex motor skill. Journal of Motor Behavior, 30, 367-380.

Differential effects of attentional focus strategies during long-term resistance training


Theoretical and practical applications for functional hypertrophy: development of an off-season strategy for the intermediate to advanced athlete

Podcast's Mentioned:

Complete Sports Performance Podcast - Episode 23: How to Coach Through Language and Proper Understanding of the Learner (With Nick Winkelman)

CSP Elite Baseball Development Podcast: Enhancing Coach-Athlete Communication with Nick Winkelman

Strength Coach Podcast- Episode 281- Nick Winkelman and The Language of Coaching


People and Resources Mentioned:


Lee Taft

Eric Cessey

Guido Van Ryssegem

Luke Richesson

Darryl Eto

Joe Gomes


Lucas Oil Stadium

Golden Tate

Gabriele Wulf

Jared M. Porter, PhD

Stu McGill

Gray Cook

Anthony Renna

Brad Schoenfeld

Charles Poliquin

Dan Pfaff


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Certified Program Design Specialist

Certified Speed and Agility Coach
Cerfitied Weightlifting Performance Coach

Certified Sports Nutrition Coach


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Complete Warm Up
Complete Speed Training

Complete Speed Games
Complete Jumps Training
Complete Olympic Lifting

Complete Youth Training
Complete Guide to Training the Female Athlete

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