The strength and conditioning coordinator for the Japan Rugby Football Union, John Pryor is known as one of the most innovative and highly effective coaches in the world of international rugby competition. A respected and accomplished coaching professional, Pryor is also the director at JointAction, where he utilizes his extensive experience in biomechanics and exercise physiology to improve occupational health and wellness across an incredibly diverse range of industries. A graduate of Southern Cross University, Pryor earned a Master of Health Science degree in biomechanics and has performed academic research on a wide range of subjects relating to his current professional endeavors.
What is your hobby?
It really depends on the season and where I happen to be. In the winter, I love to go skiing as often as possible. During the warmer months, I prefer outdoor high adventure. If I had to choose one, it would definitely be skiing.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
My whole family enjoys skiing, so this is something I have been doing for as long as I can remember.
Tell us what you love about it.
It’s just so thrilling to be able to cover that much ground at such a high rate of speed while being in complete control.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
I’m not a part of any formal ski organizations, but a group of friends and family coordinate an event in which we can all get together for a ski trip at least once per year.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I have always been very good about taking care of my equipment, so it’s been several years since I have had to buy anything new.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
I like to go to REI for most of my ski supplies, but it is generally quite rare that I need to pick anything up since I have been skiing for so long.
Are there any good books for beginners?
Kay Gill’s “Skiing With Confidence” is probably the best place to start.
How has this changed your life?
Skiing has always been a part of my life, but it has taken me to some incredibly remote places that very few people have ever seen or experienced.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Don’t be in such a rush to conquer the biggest mountain that you fail to develop all of the skills necessary for doing so.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I’m always looking for new and interesting things to do, and I have developed quite a passion for martial arts, science fiction and anything else that offers the prospect of excitement and adventure.