Not Complicated, But Not EasyRead Now
Happy Days everyone, hope it's been a great end of May for you all. I know this week I was a bit delayed in giving you your weekly entertainment via this medium, but better late than never, right? Hope you all enjoy this bit and I look forward to any feedback provided.
Most of you reading this, are probably familiar with the above message when it comes to training. Akin to that is, training isn’t complicated, but that doesn’t mean it’s always going to be easy. There’s definitely a misconception out there that because a workout looks really simple, it won’t be hard or effective. More often than not, nothing could be further from the truth.
Most quality coaches out there will tell you they keep their programming simple for their clients. At the same time, those same type of coaches will have a line of clients that are ecstatic with their results after doing simple training for a few months. Like Coach Boone in Remember the Titans said “Give it time, it always works. ” I can personally tell you that I don’t toss in a ton of party tricks into my programs, but folks still leave with a sweat and a smile.
Here’s a spoiler, if you were to compare most clients’ first programs from me, there would be a ton of crossover. Really, the progressions that are made after that, aren’t other worldly. It’s just about putting in the correct amount of effort, doing it with good technique and being consistent. Not magic, not some complicated formula, very simple stuff, with good effort and technique.
Yes, I’ve blown the whole secret wide open…not really. This isn’t really a mystery to folks anymore, it’s just whether or not they can do it. So next time you or your training buddy looks at their program and says, this looks easy. Remember, if you're doing it right (and coached well) it won't be. That is what there is for you all today, I appreciate you reading and hope you have yourself a day & week!
Less is MoreRead Now
Happy Days everyone, today’s bit should be fairly quick and to the point. I hope if you’re not an athlete or a coach yourself you can still take some good out of it, enjoy.
Coaches in many sports and even in the training world, tend to overlook how beneficial it can be to take the foot off of the gas for a minute when amidst a sports season. For some odd reason, the default setting for sport coaches is to press harder when things seem to be going poorly, simply baffling to me.
The better thing to do for me is to look at your athletes' body language. Are they sluggish, no matter how much sleep they got, or before you’ve even started practice? Chances are they might just need a day off, maybe reel back the conditioning.
It’s not ALWAYS going to be the answer, but just automatically going to, let’s push them harder to get more out of them, is downright stupid. There is evidence out there, coaches that give their athletes proper rest when it’s need and only put the pedal to the metal when required, often perform better in their contests, week in, week out.
I’m not Jurgen Klopp, Bill Belichick or Graham Henry, but I still don’t think this is wrong either. It’s always about balance, coaches just tend to go right for swinging that pendulum towards the “more” side when the team probably needs less.
That’s what I got for you all today. Thank you very much for using your time to read my thoughts and I hope have yourself a week!
The AssumptionsRead Now
Happy Tuesday everyone! Been a minute since I’ve written, that’s life sometimes though. Today’s blurb is about a few assumptions that folks may have about coaches and personal trainers. Not that it’s a huge deal by any stretch, but I want to do my part to set the record straight.
It never fails when I mention to people what I do for a living, 1 out of every 5 or 6 new interaction brings about a comment to the like of, “You’re a trainer, you must workout 7 days a week and run 5 miles a day,” or one of my favorites “You must eat to super healthy and clean,” whatever that means. I’m not insulting any of these folks or trying to make them out in a bad light (mostly). They simply are going off what they know in their brain to start and interaction. I’m just here to clear things up a bit, coaches and trainers aren’t perfect.
Overall, yes, as a group we all try to practice what we are preaching, but then again, the above (though they are super exaggerations to drive the point home) isn’t all that healthy either. I personally am trying to press to improve everyone’s health, that’s both the body and the mind. With that, I’m freaking human too, we all are. I go through periods of time where I’m eating food that’ll fuel me well and take care of my body, but I also like to indulge a bit and go out with friends...really shocking I know.
Side note: When I hear someone say a term like "eating clean", this makes me want to walk away from the conversation very quickly and get a frosty one.
The point is, coaches do what we do because we want to show everyone how to live a health lifestyle, but we aren’t tyrants to our clients or even ourselves. Reset those expectations of your coaching friends & acquaintances, you’ll find your conversations with them more enjoyable, I promise.
Just a quicky for today folks. Thanks for reading and have yourself a week!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS