Strength and Conditioning For Gaelic Games

(14 customer reviews)



Strength and Conditioning for Gaelic Games is a must-read for anyone working with GAA teams of all levels. Coach Dave Hare boils down all of his knowledge into a handy, simple but effective book to get you started on your S&C Journey.

In this 14 Chapter book (plus a bonus chapter) we go through everything from designing a gym, Speed training, Recovery, Fitness, and much more.

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Strength and Conditioning For Gaelic Games is the most practical, user-friendly book on the topic ever written.

In over 14 chapters, Coach Hare goes through everything you’ll need to have a progressive S&C System in ANY GAA Club or School.

To our knowledge, it is also THE FIRST book ever written on this huge topic. 

Also included are Coach Hare’s experiences working with various teams, dealing with players, getting the funds you need to succeed, and much more.

Included in this price are all shipping costs, this book was completely self-published also.

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14 reviews for Strength and Conditioning For Gaelic Games

  1. Thomas Divilly MISCP CSCS

    Dave is one of the best in the business in Ireland. This book should be the go to resource for any aspiring S & C coach working with GAA teams at any level! Dave’s strengths are making the most complicated aspects of training seem simple and applicable to any level of athlete. This book gives you a large ranging oversight of many topics from gym design and layout, leadership in a team setting and the principles of program design! Excellent resource to pick up some of the wisdom Dave has accumulated over the years.

  2. Niall

    Anyone working in Gaelic Games, or any sport really, needs to read this book. If you have followed Coach Hare’s work over the last few years, then you know that he has improved every team that he has worked with.

    Sure, there are more scientific books out there, but none, with as much practical information as this! For me, this is what sets this book apart. There is simply no other book on the market like this.

    Strength and Conditioning for Gaelic Games includes only real world, usable information. If you apply Coach Hares methods, you will improve the physical performance of your team, guaranteed.

  3. Mark Scanlon

    Dave has done great job with this book. It is pure gold for Gaa clubs, team coaches, upcoming S&C coaches, players and parents. I couldn’t recommend it enough. A refreshing insight into real world S&C in the GAA.. No fluff, not to much sciencey stuff, loads of practical advice and plug in information. Great programming guidelines and standards for all the performance testing too. Great work Dave, your writing style is similar to Dan John, few stories and jokes thrown in to reinforce the message. Class work my man. Every GAA club could make huge strides with this.
    I have seen it in my own club working with Dave he has transformed the culture and environment from top to bottom and we are reaping the benefits on the pitch.

    Mark Scanlon – Round Towers GAA

  4. Cathal Walsh

    Anybody wanting or is is working in gaa set up should read this book.Dave tells you the right and the wrong way to approach clubs and county boards to get things done .He also explains things very well .An very good insight into working in the backroom team of an inter county set up.It will transform the way you deal with teams and individuals.A lot of practical information set out in it,how to set out a program,and testing protocols.Dave tells you a few stories about how different stitutaions have changed the way he has dealt with athletes and players and management now .It is a book that once you start reading it,it very hard to stop reading and put it down

  5. Conan

    brilliant book that not only talks about S&C but also many other topics that can make any GAA team successful. This book has educated me as a Player, Student & has developed my knowledge to become a S&C coach. The book is easy read and I completed reading it within a few days. Brilliant book.

  6. Trevor Shore

    I work with a number of GAA teams and individual players through private practice as a Physical Therapist, and bought the book to review good S&C practices to help advise teams on and also for rehab exercise ideas. The book was excellent read it within the space of a week as it was hard to put down, it was very well put together and very easily understood without any excessive terminology to hinder you progress and learn. Will be a great benefit to have to refer back to over the coming weeks and years!

  7. Paul Turner

    My good friend and mentor has just released this excellent book on strength and conditioning for GAA.

    From speed and power to weight training and conditioning. It has chapters on recovery, nutrition and integrating S&C into your GAA club.

    Who’s is it for? Any Trainers/coaches out there looking to get an insight into the trenches of coaching a GAA team.

    Warm ups, exercise selection, sample programs for the gym and the field , fitness testing, you name it, this book has it.

    Any GAA managers or skills coaches looking to learn about S&C and how to implement it in their club

    Any GAA Player looking to upgrade his or her training and looking to get a better insight into what it takes to get to the next level of fitness.

    It’s would also be a great birthday present for anybody that has an interest in fitness or is involved with GAA at any level.

    And yes the title is S&C for GAA but it could be applied to most field sports

  8. Pauric Gill

    As a player, I was lucky to have Dave as a coach with both Longford and my club Fr. Manning Gaels and still abide by the principles he taught me. I can safely say that I am a far greater athlete now than before I met Dave. This book is a fantastic resource and I would highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in Gaelic Games (or even anyone who is interested in simply being healthy). The book is written in lay-man’s terms, so even if you are a complete beginner to S&C, everything is easy to understand and implement. It is also to the point, no filler, so there is something useful to learn from every page. If/When I start training teams, this book will be my coaching Bible!

  9. Oisin O Slatarra

    Excellent book- clear, concise and a wealth of knowledge & information packed into it. One of my favourite S&C books from one of the top coaches in the country! Highly recommended!!

  10. Liam Sheridan

    Very good and easy to read book. Goes through a lot of basics as said at the start but all very good well needed information. I myself am an S&C coach so I knew 90% of the book but still found it very good and took some useful bits from it

  11. conal mahon

    Brilliant book from a brilliant coach. Kept it simple and easy to understand throughout. Whether you’re an S&C Coach or a GAA Coach you’ll find endless value in this book. Cannot recommend highly enough!

  12. Stephen Shanks

    Outstanding book with lots of practical information that can be used with club and county GAA teams. This is a must-have for any coach looking to take their GAA team to the next level. This book has provided me with information on how to plan and deliver quality strength and conditioning sessions.

  13. Stephen Morgan (verified owner)

    An excellent book, great for S&C Coaches and coaches alike. It’s compact and bursting with ideas. It’s a fantastic resource for anyone involved with coaching within the GAA. I know it will be a go to book & I would highly recommend it.

  14. mark whelan

    This was a brilliant book and one that is badly needed.I have trained Teams in this area for several years but still got a huge amount of great ideas and information from this book.I would not just highly recommend it for GAA people looking to improve their skills in this area but also coaches for other sports looking to learn more on this area.I have read over 100 books on this topic but never one that is more relevant to the GAA.

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