Ian Bonner – Spotlight From The Flivver Flash Podcast
Ian Bonner, PLT4M team member, was recently featured on The Kingsford Flivver Flash. Check out the full conversation he had with Coach John VanDusen below.
When Ian is not working hard at PLT4M, he spends his time as an assistant football coach at the local high school he graduated from. In-season, Coach Bonner works with the receivers and defensive linemen, but where he makes the biggest impact is in the weight room during the off-season.
“There is a lot that high school kids are balancing, and as much as we want to treat them like they are scholarship players and ours for four years, they just aren’t. Between social pressures, school, family, it is important for me to try to provide as many avenues for the kids to get their workouts done.”
PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH
Coach Bonner helps to open the weight room up every morning before school to give athletes a chance to work out, regardless of their busy after-school schedules.
Past just unlocking the door, Coach Bonner sees the weight room as a great place to build relationships and strong connections with his athletes.
“I try my best to lead by example. I am in the weight room every day. I am working out with them every day. If I am going to ask them to come at 7 AM, you better believe I am going to be there, I am going to be sweating, I am going to be out of breath. It just builds that whole team up and lets everyone know we are all rowing in the same direction.”
CREATE THE BUZZ
As much as Ian hopes kids stay excited about their workouts themselves, he knows that as a coach, he can help. By creating some fun and friendly competition throughout the year, athletes are more likely to stay engaged with their training.
“This winter, we knew we were losing a massive senior class, so it was going to be a bit more on us as coaches to let everyone know we were going to run this right back.”
To help kids stay excited, Coach Bonner and the other coaches create different weekly challenges and incentives for those committing to the weight room.
“We keep it simple, and have a point system based on attendance, with different expectations for in-season and off-season athletes. But it gives everyone a chance.”
Kids have the chance to win T-Shirts and get recognized on social media for committing to their training.
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The buzz around the weight room does not stop with prizes. Ian knows that social media can help keep kids excited about their training. He posts and shares pictures and videos of different kids working hard on social media.
“Sometimes, I will post videos mid-day or at night to just get them thinking about their training. If they were thinking about not going, now they see that post and feel more accountable. All of those little things just add up to big results.”
And the big results Coach Bonner eludes to is a team predicated on lifting each other up in and out of the weight room.
“When you learn to train as a team, you learn to play as a team. If you are going to clap when a kid hits his one-rep max or celebrate a PR with everybody, you are going to celebrate that same kid making a big tackle on a third down, or having a big conversion on a 4th and goal.”
CHECK OUT THE FULL EPISODE
Go check out the full episode to hear more from Coach Bonner. If you missed it, also go check out their episode from last week that featured Flivver players talking about working out and using PLT4M.
Thank you to Coach John VanDusen and The Flivver Nation for welcoming the PLT4M team into their community!