Nick Grantham on Being Brilliant at the Basics and the Lost Art of Coaching

Considering the fact that Nick Grantham grew up in a sporty family, it’s no surprise that sports plays a prominent role in his life. He started playing football, and rugby, until he found Taekwondo, for which he competed internationally.

After six years of working in banking & insurance, Nick’s passion for Taekwondo led him to study Sports Science at the University of Chester, where he also completed his Master’s in Exercise and Nutrition Science.

For over 23 years, Nick has been working as a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Sport Science Consultant. Today, he serves as Newcastle Football Club’s Strength Coach.

Nick joins me today to share how he found his way to the world of physical preparation and the lessons he has learned over the years. He underscores the importance of being brilliant at the basics of fitness and human movement and explains why coaches need to avoid short-term gratification.

He also explains the role and importance of communication and soft skills in coaching and explains how he engages with athletes of different backgrounds.


A good coach can work across different sports like a chameleon and blend in their surroundings, switching up their coaching style and the language they use. – Nick Grantham


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • How Nick pivoted from a career in banking & finance to studying exercise science and becoming a strength & conditioning coach
  • Why being brilliant at the basics of fitness is essential and why Nick maintains a training curriculum
  • The importance of recovery and regeneration when training athletes and clients
  • The benefits of sleep and nutrition in fueling and recovering from working out
  • The lost art of coaching and the need for communication and other soft skills in the coaching industry
  • How Nick influences and engages with athletes from different backgrounds and sports
  • Nick’s advice on getting started as a young strength & conditioning coach and the necessity of building networks with other coaches


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