How goes it this week friends? Today we're talking about an experience most teachers or trainers have, I'm sure you'll enjoy. It never fails when I mention to people what I do for a living, some 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.
Let’s start with this, 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 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. Please alter your expectations of your coaching friends & acquaintances, you’ll find your conversations with them more enjoyable, I promise. Thanks for reading everyone, enjoy your end of September and beginning of October. Be back next week for more.
Hello again all, I hope those that have had to endure their return to the school year, in whatever capacity that may be, have gotten through it without letting it get to you too badly. Today I've got a little blurb about what commitment really means and how I think folks misuse or misunderstand the term. Being committed means consistently showing up, even if it’s not getting things done at your maximum level.
I think people truly misunderstand what the word committed means, especially in the fitness realm. When folks say, "I’m committed to this", they think it means they’re going to show up for 5 days a week, do everything at 1000 MPH and be this shining light of awesome for all to see (cue dramatic godlike music). Then Reality Check Tech calls and says hold the phone chief that’s not gonna happen for as long as you think. This will last a week to a month at most, with very very few exceptions.
When you commit to something, like a fitness regiment, it means showing up for yourself every day to the best of your ability. Most (probably 75-80%) of the days in your fitness routine, will be getting in, getting out and getting on with the rest of your day. This is the secret path to success that so many are desperately searching for. Not getting into the gym, sweating buckets for 2-3 hours and then laying on the floor like you’re going to puke or pass out. That is the one way street to breaking your commitment. Think about it, do you really have that kind of time to spend freely every day? How about your energy, can you do that and then go home to do the battle royale for homework or bedtime? Didn't think so.
I just want folks to understand what they're saying and what it really means, simple as that for today. Thank you very much for reading my babble and to those coming to the Clubhouse on Saturday, can't wait to see you there! Have a week friends.
Coach, I appreciate this word more and more. It can be a term of respect, appreciation, annoyance or a combination of many, depends on the person being referenced. Assuming said coach is doing their job properly, it should be one that puts a smile on their face when they hear it. It personally puts a smile on mine, especially when some of the older graduated athletes come back to say hi, some of them fully functioning adults now, good god that’ll make you feel old.
For many, the word evokes a very positive thought or feeling, or a very negative thought or feeling. For me, I feel I have the responsibility to make sure it’s a positive feeling. So far, I think I’m doing OK, as I said previously, I’ve only gotten one, “you’re an asshole” email in my time as a coach. Not only that though, I feel great most days hearing the positive stories and getting the energy from people, especially the youths. With that, the first time I take it for granted (which may happen, I'm human after all) will be the time I likely screw up the most.
The point of this whole thing is, if you’ve found yourself in a position to be referred to as this don’t screw it up. If you’re in the position of calling someone this, be sure they’re worthy of the title.
Thanks for stopping by friends. More in depth or technical stuff coming next week.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS