Apprenticeship versus Mentorship – You be the Judge

Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 6.15.53 PMIn today’s competitive world, those new to the workforce or those still in school are often looking for a competitive advantage that will allow them to soar above their peer group and land the better jobs or attract the better contracts.  For many, a degree or a diploma and sometimes even a master’s degree is not enough anymore. Employers are often looking for hands on practical experience and with industry standards at an all time ‘disarray,’ experience means more if you are learning from the ‘right’ expert(s).

Mo’ Methods: WHAT, WHY, WHEN and HOW

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 7.17.42 AMI am writing this short blog as a prelude to this weekend’s sold out BC NSCA Clinic.  I will take this opportunity to make mention of the questions I observe, as a professor,  when methods are instructed in a conference or workshop setting.

The Roles of the S&C Coach – my views

With the fear of sounding like an old goat here…. I find it interesting that so much of the ‘interest’ nowadays in the field of exercise and sport science to be centered around CONTROLLING AND MONITORING the training process with very little focus on what CHARACTERIZES SUCCESSFUL TRAINING (load distributions, teamwork, fun etc).

I guess I am having a mid-career crisis as I reflect back 10 years to when I did my master’s degree and helped UBC basketball reach elite levels of performance with almost no ligament injuries. This was before the FMS where we were just plain sensible about loading and really took our time to develop the athletes. I was lucky to start with many of them while they were still in high school and the vets taught the rookies – it was incredible.

I spoke to one of my former players last saturday night – after her collegiate career she went on to play pro in Europe. 10 years later, she is still fit and strong and injury-free, well-rested and mentally present. She told me that “Being fit made basketball fun.” Deb Huband, who was, and still is the head coach and one of my mentors told me that I taught these girls HOW to train.

Wow, what a compliment. I am still smiling.

Let’s just take a step back for a second and think about the ways in which we can impact and empower the people we work with. How can we create an environment where it is ‘cool’ to enjoy the process, where we as coaches don’t become pre-occupied with the numbers and the data and we really connect with those we are working with.

Hey, don’t get me wrong…I am all for science and that is certainly still driving a large portion of my thought process but I pride myself in my ability to empower athletes to do work and be hungry for the rewards, no matter what level they are at.

After all, we are only human

Professionalism 101

Today, I am speaking to a group of students at Capilano University on the topic of  “What it Takes to be a Pro.”

I would like to thank Amanda Butler for this opportunity to share this summary with the students at Cap.

I also want to thank all of my colleagues who contributed some real-world tips found on the link below!


Yours in Strength,

Coach Bott


Does it Matter What we think?

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At Human Motion, we specialize in Physical Training in the realms of skill, health and sport performance. We are not in the business of personal training in the common sense of the term (motivating people to exercise regularly) but rather see clients with highly specific goals that relate to performance in sport, life or their jobs.

In any case, we often get asked what our thoughts are around “Cross-Fit.” Afterall, we use kettlebells…..we use barbells….we teach athletes how to deadlift…..we run them through gruelling conditioning protocols. It may all look the same, but what we do is very different.

  • We specialize.
  • We individualize (although everyone says they do that :))
  • We test, evaluate and screen
  • We program through a system known as Periodization
  • We are very experienced and have formal education in Kinesiology & Sport Sciences
  • We believe in a long term systematic development of the physical person
  • We monitor readiness and adaptability via athlete logs and Bioforce HRV.

A recent article was published on the topic that may give more insight and here is a quote from it:

“The larger issue is that CrossFit, as a brand, wants to have it both ways: To market itself as the toughest, most effective, and most badass workout in the land, while also claiming it’s as safe as any other activity. But is that really possible?”

Look here for the article:

It doesn’t matter what we think. What we do is different. How we prepare athletes is different.

Happy training!

How to heal bruised tissue – STAT!


Below is some some great information on how to treat bruising from a question I posed on Social Media I decided to re-post this in my blog because the depth of resources here are phenomenal from some really educated people.  Now, of course, I do not believe in a one size fits all approach, so you may need to see your doctor.  And none of this advice is considered formal medical advice, so do not treat it as such.

But, if you have suffered severe contusions to the face or body, have a read by clicking on each image and feel free to contact any of these people directly.  Dr. Julie Durnan is an excellent local resource and Naturopath and Scott Hebert has been conditioning fighters for years.

Thanks to all of you for generously contributing! ~ Coach Bott






Introducing Brandon Alleman



Please feel free to download this information sheet on Brandon Alleman, Human Motion’s “go-to” Professional in the realms of Holistic Nutrition and Health.  Brandon is located in the USA and can do Skype-based sessions with our clients.


General Athlete Training Log

If you are looking for a quick means of tracking your training loads and your response to training, you can download this log for free.  I currently use more sophisticated means with my athletes, but this is a great place to start if you are working with clients that are ‘new’ to performance, science-driven training.