Happy Friday everyone! While you're TGIF-ing your way to the weekend, had a bit of fun for you to dive into. Today I want to talk a little more about why.
I do what I do because I want to help people, as many as I can. I posted about this the other week, but let me get a little deeper here. When I have a client sign up, of course I have a small part of me that hopes they sign up for life, but I know those are few and far between. There does come a point where some no longer need my coaching. They’ve learned more than their fair share of lifting and they can get it done on their own, or at least with minimal guidance. That is the real hope when someone signs up with me.
Truly that is the end product I want. I want someone to feel confident enough to get under a bar, pick up a set of heavy dumbbells or swing a heavy kettlebell. I want my clients to be smarter than the average bear when they walk into the gym. Coaches are teachers at heart, at least if they’re doing it right IMO.
There’s always going to be more people that want or need help, my goal is to make someone no longer need me (a goal I stole from Tony G). Seriously, there are so many people out there that want to learn and/or need help with their health, if I have a client that’s ready to go do their own thing or maybe just visit me once a month to get a program, awesome! It means I have more time for the next person that’s starting from scratch.
To clarify, my goal isn’t necessarily to get a client for life, it’s to get someone to strength train for life.
I hope that is exactly what your trainer or coach is shooting for as well.
Thanks for reading everyone have a great weekend, see you back here next week!
Happy Monday everyone, I have something great to share with you all today. Inspired by a recent message Mike Reinold put out, I wanted to share with you all why it is I got into this industry. The Why is always more important than the What in my opinion. If you've yet to read or listen to Simon Sinek, much of what he talks about is what drives this within me.
Have a listen, enjoy and feel free to ask questions after. Have a good day all!
Happy Thirsty Thursday everyone! As some of you likely know without a doubt one of the biggest sources of frustration for a trainer or coach is client compliance. If you don’t have this AT ALL please share with the rest of us, we’re dying to know what that skeleton key looks like. Anywho, we’ve all been there, and as most of us know, you can right the most perfect program in the world, but if they client isn’t doing it, it’s not so perfect. 👎
Let me ask you this, which of these loading variations is the best to get a training effect? Answer: The one the client likes. Yeah, you’re welcome.
One thing I have found that’s had a big impact on my client compliance is giving them choice. Take this for example, one of the favorite weeks at Strength Camp on Friday mornings is the choose your own adventure type of week (this Friday kids). I give everyone in attendance their movement pattern pairings, give them a selection of exercises from those movement patterns, their sets & reps and off they go.
I find doing this with my clients programs is also a big thing for them, both when they’re in the studio with me, and on their own. Both the pictures above ⬆️ are valid ways to load things (example: squats and lunges) BUT if a client prefers one over the other, I won’t argue if gets them to do them. Even giving clients the choice of Bulgarian or regular split squats can be helpful. The reason is because people feel like they have an input and a say in their training. When a client feels apart of the process, they’re more likely to buy in to the program. The only reason that I won’t let a client pick their loading variation (bilateral, goblet or unilateral) is if I feel like they have an issue they’re dealing with (injury, condition, etc…) that will be better served by a particular loading variation. Also, if theirs something that we’re trying to emphasize in a program (grip strength, 💪 upper back activation) that might have a say on the loading style, but most of the type I’ll give them some freedom.
Next time you ponder how you wanna load a movement, it’s easy, whichever one the trainee like best. That's what's up for today, but before you go, I wanted to point you towards a great piece from Krista Scott-Dixon, great advice within this one. Hav a good day all!
I’d love to get started…
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS