It's a happy Friday to you all once again. As the weekend approaches I will soon embark on becoming a certified coach this weekend. It'll be a tough one and I'm well prepared for it...Oh wait sorry, I mean rugby coach, yeah I'm already well qualified for the picking things up and putting them back down kind.
Now that I've duped you a bit, here's this weeks random Instagram post;
The Pros and Cons of Online Training- TG hit the nail on the head here folks. There are so many people that think they can just kick back and coach from their couch before they've had a minute of experience in the Gym. Take a read at this for both coaches and potential clients.
When the scale sucks; 7 better ways to know if your nutrition plan is working- Click this one right now! Especially you of a certain population that step on the scale after you've had a glass over water. The scale does not tell all and it should not be your all. It's a great piece by Alec McMahon, one I agree with heavily.
Open Half Kneel Hip Rock- Enough with the butterfly and standard groin stretch. Check out this drill you maybe loosen you up from Artemis Scantalides. This will kick that weak stretch to the curb for good.
Last week I wrote about the optimal training days and some hints on making sure you’ve picked the best day to train to match your program. This week let’s talk about the other side of that/the other person for responsible for helping with that, the coach.
We as coaches and trainers need to do one thing above all else with our clients, communicate. I know I’ve hit on things of similar nature, but it's worth repeating. We need to make sure we are programming appropriately.
A client that says they only have 45 minutes for their workout outside of their time with you might be fibbing a bit, but it doesn’t mean go ahead and give them 90 minutes’ worth of a program for them on their own.
I do like the thought of giving a little more than you think because you never know. Maybe they carve out the extra 15 minutes and bang you’re prepared. Maybe they find a way to consistently get that extra 15 minutes because they’re enjoying the benefits of their program so much. Viola, magic and now you can program knowing they're going to have 60 minutes. That right there is best case scenario.
The likelihood they will do ANY of that 90-minute program, let alone whatever they can get done in the 45-minute window they gave you, goes down because it probably will look pretty damn daunting (especially to novices). Let’s be smart and make sure we don’t just nod our heads with an “uh-huh” and then completely ignore what our trainee’s say when they try to tell us this stuff. That’s a short path that leads clients out your door and to someone that will actually..actually, LISTEN. Whether they are as good of coach as you will...well you answered that by not listening.
Too if a client is STRUGGLING with a drill or exercise (or it's a shiny new one), maybe put that in the day that you see them. For whatever reason, if you can’t fit it in to that day, do 1 of 2 things; eliminate it (it can’t be that important if you can’t find room for it) or make damn well sure you coach the crap out of it with them ahead of time so there’s no mistaking what to do.
See now you both have a responsibility and if you both uphold your end of the bargain then success is virtually guaranteed.
A happy Friday to everyone, it's been a fun week up here in the north (insert random joke about Winterfell). I'm a bit early with the post today, but hey it doesn't mean those that feel the day are dragging on can't use it to help them finish their day when they're "doing work".
I think I'll start including a random Instagram post from the week with these pieces, so without further delay.
Alright now here's the much cooler stuff
Ways to Decrease Risk for an ACL Injury- Alright I know I know I said ACL prevention programs are a bunch of hooey. OK there are a FEW extra things you can add in to help and athlete not wind up on the operating table. The average joe, pretty much can stick to the stuff I talked about. Andrew Millet did a great piece on Mike Reinold's site. A good majority of it focused on testing for risk of ACL injury and working on how to control your speed/power (land and decelerating). Alright go read the thing.
Trap Bar Deadlifts are Underated- Well considering I just put something out the other week you can imagine how quickly I clicked on this article when I saw it. You want more of a reason to respect the Trap Bar? Have a read of this article by Greg Nuckols.
5 Steps to Building a Pain-Free Deadlift- Sticking with the deadlift theme this nugget came out this week and it's worth the read. For those that haven't ready anything by Matt Ibrahim or Dr. Zak Gabor, this is a damn good place to start. They're piece from Dr. John Rusin's sight can help you fix your deadlift...and well it's deadlifts so read it.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS