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Changing Gymnastics Coaching Styles & Training Cultures with 5 Must Read Books

Learning from other people, having self-awareness moments, and reading books can help coaches and staff in gymnastics to improve their coaching techniques, culture, and personal development.

In this episode of The Shift Show, I talk about the importance of coaches, parents, and athletes being happy, enjoying their work, and delivering high-quality mentoring to gymnasts.

I share five of the best books that have profoundly changed the way I coach, work with gymnasts, and operate as a medical provider and a human.

By reviewing these books, I explain why they are crucial for mental insight, personal development, growth, leadership, and cultural development.


The five books are:

  1. “Good People” by Anthony John 
  2. “Helping People Change” by Ellen Van Oosten, Melvin Smith, and Richard E. Boyatzis
  3. “Lost Connections” by Joseph Hari
  4. “The Road to Character” by David Brooks
  5. “Ego Is The Enemy” by Ryan Holiday


Reading books and learning from other people’s experiences can help coaches and athletes in gymnastics improve their culture, and personal development.


I discuss:

  • The importance of reading books.
  • What are the characteristics of a good person?
  • Unlock the secret to long-term motivating change in others.
  • The importance of being honest about your goals.
  • The role of meaning, purpose, and social connection.
  • Connecting with why you are coaching gymnastics.
  • Live by your virtues, not your vices. And…
  • Why reading about the Larry Nassar abuse scandal and abuse is tough but necessary for empathy, understanding, and change.


Changing Gymnastics Coaching Styles & Training Cultures with 5 Must Read Books



Hope it helps!

– Dave

Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS
CEO/Founder of SHIFT Movement Science