One of the tricks that we all must accept as coaches is that our goal is to help you reach your goals. We are here to make sure that you are progressing adequately and that you are seeing the results that you want. We are here to offer tips, advice, and training protocols to help you get there. We will talk to you about how often you are training, if that is too much, not enough or just right. We will offer suggestions for challenges to take on (run that 5K, half marathon, sign up for the competition, take on an O-lift meet) and we will do our best to tell you what you might want to hold off on doing.
We also will encourage you to look at your nutrition and how that is helping or hurting your ability to maximize your progress. Included in how we fuel our body, as coaches we will do our best to ask questions about what your recovery regiment looks like. How much do you sleep? How much recovery stretching and mobility do you do? Our job is to ask these questions and provide opportunity and means for you to reach the goals you have set out. BUT this is all that we can do…the actual work, the hard part is your job.
You must choose to take action! You must choose what you are going to do with those suggestions and tips. You choose whether or not you work on your lifts or not. You choose whether or not you work on bodyweight movements and gymnastic skills. You choose if you want to take training for those challenges seriously or not. The choice is yours ultimately for everything that you accomplish in your time with us at the lab. You have to draw some lines in the sand about what you are going to allow and what you are not.
What you eat, how much or how little sleep you get. You choose. Do you ask about stretches that help or look into mobility work or not, you choose.
The biggest not-so-small secret of coaching is that we love sharing what we know with you. We have no problems with sharing knowledge about why we do something or why we tell you to slow down. As coaches we love sharing if it will help you achieve success BECAUSE that is the only way we are successful.
But the action part of the equation is on you…so what will you choose today and this week, this month, this year?