Monday, October 17, 2011


I Think We Are All Attracted To Like People. Like

People That Make Us Feel Comfortable And At Ease.

I Guess It Applies To Pretty Much Any Situation, But

My Thoughts Today Concern You As An Athlete

Picking The Most Suitable Coach Possible. Best Bang

For Your Buck Is Another Way You Can Look At It.

Before We All Had Internet, You Had To Actually Read

And Do Your Own Research On Training. And Often,

The Information Was Second Hand Or Unreliable

Because Information Of Knowledge Were Kept Secret

To The Competition To Ensure The Competitive Advantage.

Nowadays, There Are Tons Of Coaches All Waiting To Be

Your Guy Or Gal On The Internet. This Is Good And Bad.

It's Good Because Of The Competition But Bad Because

It's Hard To Tell If That Coach Is For You. I Think Training

Through Trial And Error Is The Only True Way You Make

Gains. That Is The FIRST Thing I Look For In A Coach -

Is The Coach Tested? Two - Or Three - Day Weekend

Certifications Are Not Tests No Matter How Many Reps

Or Rounds You Do. They Help Or Inspire But Still Are

Not Tests Of A Coach.

There Is Always The Purely Academic Coach (All

Books & Videos). This Is The Guy With Little Street

Work Or "In The Trenches" Work Gained Through Self

Trial And Error "Not All So Don't Get Pissy.... But Most."

If We Were All Terminator Robots, Then Yes, A Purely

Academic Coach Would Be All You Need. Simply

Crank Out The Numbers And Perform Automatically

& Perfectly.

The Most Important Trait Of A Coach Is The Ability

To Mix Book Smarts, Street Smarts, And Intuition

Into A Successful Program. Even Though A Coach May

Not Be As Strong Academically As Others, They Should

Have The Basic Ability To Spot Kinematic Flow (Form

Breakdown In Any Lift Whether It Be A Curl, Squat, Press,

Or Jump Of Any Sort). The Instant An Athlete Performs

Any Motor Skill, The Coach Should Be Able To See Tight

Muscle Groups, Inhibited Muscle Groups, Chain Break-

Downs, Weak Or Lagging Muscle Groups, And Pretty

Much Anything That Impedes Performance. It's Simply

A Breakdown Somewhere Along The Lift Activity Line

Where All Muscle Groups Do Not Perform At Their
Highest Potential. This Is A Skill Developed Over Time

And Not Anywhere Else.

The Main Idea About Training And Coaching Is That

There Is Always Room For Improvement. Successful

Coaching Is Being Able To Adjust Under Any

Circumstances. I Employ Numerous Types Of Training

Because There Is No One Perfect Training Protocol.

If There Was A Perfect Way, We Would All Be Doing It

And Become The Terminator Robots I Mentioned Earlier.

The Truth Is Everyone Has Something To Contribute From

Bodybuilding To Olympic Weight Lifting To MMA To
Powerlifting. Successful Coaches Borrow From Everyone.

Because Each Athlete Or Person Is Different, A Good Coach

Has To Have The Ability To Step Back From Themselves

(Ego Mostly) And Do What Is Right For The Athlete.


15 Minute Amrap

10x Full Snatch #75 / #55

10x Strict Press

400m Run

-I Am Legend

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