Do you coach the movement or the person?
Or do you coach both?
As I read the internet and what other coaches are writing about and blogging about, it seems as there is a great amount of information about how to coach and teach movement but very little on coaching and teaching human beings (which ultimately all of our athletes actually are). Do you coach body language, do you coach how your athletes are presenting themselves when they train and when they perform? These are incredible lessons that go way beyond the weight room and playing field. Body language is a visual representation of how a person feels. We can convey positive energy or we can convey negative energy in the way we carry ourselves. We can show our anger or our joy, we can show pain and discomfort or we can show that we are unfazed no matter the circumstances.
As coaches, I believe we have a responsibility to teach those that we work with about how we can change our body language to something that’s positive and promotes energy and confidence rather than fatigue and defeat.
So I ask again, what are you coaching?
Nothing beats experience. I know young strength coaches don’t want to hear this because I felt the same way when I was a young strength coach!!! I always felt that I could do the job above mine because i was well read and had all these certifications that made me feel special. The reality is you are never prepared for the job above you until you have walked a mile in that new role. That’s not to say that all experienced strength coaches are good or better than young strength coaches but experience allows you to have history on your side. Experienced strength coaches have seen fads/trends come and go not to mention numerous opportunities to fail with program design, coaching, and leading athletes. I love the phrase, “you don’t know what you don’t know,” because you really never know what piece of information you are missing until you discover that hidden gem. Even at nine seasons as an NBA strength coach i could read something tomorrow that could change my whole outlook. I may think that i could be an NFL Strength Coach but i have never worked in the NFL…I don’t know the schedule, the unspoken rules/traditions or even what the Head Coach/GM/Player/Agent expects. My 15 years experience as a Strength Coach would shorten the learning curve but there would still be a learning curve during the transition. I would probably learn that what works in the NBA does not work so well in the NFL.
Each job change allows you to reinvent yourself as a strength coach. Every weight room is unique, as is every athletic department, head coach, and weight room. All of those things force you to adapt and grow which is what adds to your experience. Some of you may think that I’m a miserable old strength coach when I shoot down internet gurus or different topics but it is because my experience reading, coaching, failing and refining many times over has given me a pretty good bullshit meter. I find it very frustrating when somebody tells me that I should be following a certain routine or exercise, or telling me how I should be doing my job when in actuality they have no idea what my job even entails or what I do on a daily basis. Stay in your lane people! Unfortunately, I was one of those young dudes that had “all the answers” mocking programs and people but luckily I didn’t have a platform to make an ass out of myself.
You have two eyes, two ears and one mouth so that we can watch and listen more than we speak so before you proclaim yourself as the smartest Strength Coach/Personal Trainer watch and listen to people that have been in the trenches honing their craft for years before you dismiss their program. Our egos get the best of us and we want to proclaim our greatness however I hope we can all hold off.
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