Happy Thursday everyone, it’s been a bit of a busy week plus for me as Catherine and I are starting to kick things into high gear for the wedding. I’m sure some of you are saying, dude October is 9 months away chill out, but most of you know it’s better to not wait until the last possible day to do it all. In an ideal world, we’d have most everything done by the end of August or early September. Of course, it WON’T play out like that, but hey let us have our dream until then.
Before I get into the topic for today I want to say a couple things;
1). I do have a political point of view and no I’m not going to make it public (yet). If you’re really curious about it, shoot me a message and we can talk about it like civilized humans and not argue about it on a Facebook wall like children.
2). Being controversial in this industry just for the sake of being controversial and trying to get attention is stupid…like really stupid. A few of you know what I’m talking about, if you have a legitimate point and evidence to back it up, please share with everyone in the class. Otherwise just keep your gripes and whining in check, cool?
Alright done with those shenanigans, let’s talk about why your rep counting is on you.
The average person will pay somewhere between $50-$100 per training session. Depending on where you are that could be right at market, a damn good price or a rip off. In any case let’s talk about what you’re paying for with that money.
Likely at the least, you’re paying for the following (not limited to this list);
-Guidance (kind of goes with the above but still worth noting)
-Game Planning (sounds way cooler than any other term I could think of)
As I mentioned, this list can be a metric-shit-ton longer, but we’ll keep it to these 4 for the sake of brevity and sanity. Please notice above how nowhere I mention you’re paying to have someone count your reps.
Now I will admit that I was one of those guys that counted people’s reps (still am guilty of doing it now and again). I am someone that might tell you I’m a multi-tasker…but those that know me will call me on it, I’m not. I’m better served putting all (or most) of my energy into one thing. Eventually I figured that out when coaching clients. Simply I need to very much pay attention to what is going on with their bodies during their workouts, not count. You can stick an exponent on the end of that when you bring in to the conversation formats like semi-private and group training too.
Yes, I know you as the client need to be mindful of your technique and concentrate on doing the exercise, drill or lift correctly. I get that, but I can be a lot more helpful to you and your technique and safety if I leave counting to you. Assuming I’ve cued you correctly (and I probably have) you have just a few things to concentrate on that will allow you to complete the lift safely. On the other hand, I’ve got about 10 to concentrate on.
Here’s a couple easy tips to make this whole 1, 2, 3 thing, easier for you;
That's all I got today guys, got out and get after it!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS