As I lie awake on this early morning during Orca Games competition, soaking in the stillness, I took some time to reflect upon how I present myself as a coach… Here is a snapshot of how the concept of the Progression of Coaching wandered through my mind.
Coaches, Trainers, Therapists, and Movement Practitioners have expanded what the premise of physical fitness is for tens of years. Scientific research and implementation is the foundation of health and wellness. In order for professionals to construct our programs, however, relies on how we each individually interpret, research, experiment, and implement those findings that will continue to allow the expansion of personally unique philosophies. Through this, each of us can begin establishing a framework of logic, creating an individualized experience when compared to those in the same field, even with access to the same potential resources.
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” -Bruce Lee
Regardless of What You Do, Do Well
I understand the importance of specialization, that is how expertise and mastery unfold. If you want to get extremely good at anything, it is important to keep doing that one thing, and over, and over, and over until you eyes bleed, clean then up, and keep going…well, maybe do without the eyes bleeding, it might be too hardcore for me. Having a niche is uber important, or else your coaching will look like a scattered treasure map. A specialized program is concise, repetitive on the foundation principles, aimed towards tangible goals and results, and evolutionary.
That is the most important aspect of coaching. The newest deadlift variation, flashy machines, or reciting the Krebs cycle by heart won’t adjust the program to account for Hanks cranky hips. Having the ability to adjust, morph, and work ‘on the fly’ to the ever changing needs and demands of what you need today is the goal to seek from a coach.
I love expanding and exploring to add useful tools to my toolbelt, but there is definitely a threshold when it can have undesired effects. Too much diversity might not progressively build the foundation or aim as clearly towards those tangible goals as their clean-cut counterparts, but still, hold expectations of high success.
Let’s put this scenario of “too much diversity can be bad” when you went to a local gym looking to become safer and stronger at deadlifting:
You just joined “Super- Pump Shredded-Biceps Academy Gym” and its time to learn about deadlifting. In class, your coach went over conventional deadlifts one week, and the next was sumo deadlifts. They both looked awesome, and you said you enjoyed them, that’s great, but now coach said it’s time to lift with the hex bar, and next week we can try kettlebells too. Got that? Great, well since you rocked those out pretty quickly, now let’s go into tire flips, add some resistance bands to the deadlift bar to make them tough, switch up your grip on the bar, and pausing halfway up the shins (you know, so you get all of that muscle confusion to prevent a plateau). Oh and after 4 weeks of doing a little bit of each, we can start back at conventional deadlifts to see how much stronger you are…only to find out your technique didn’t improve at all, and might have become worse… what happened?
Less Could Absolutely Be More
More variability does not mean more improvement. There is a fine line between exploring new ways and exploring too many new ways to move the body (either with or without external opposition). You wanted to become better at deadlifting, but your time was spent learning new techniques. Improving the body’s receptiveness and ability to carry out the movement doesn’t require every single variation to get the job done effectively.
Similar to if you needed to clean your floors from a spill. To clean it the best way possible, you don’t need to spray every solution under your sink to get the job done right. Choose the best for the situation you are currently in, and work with that. Then, as a different messy situation arrives, search back into the cabinet and pull out the help needed.
My personal approach to fitness is constantly expanding, shifting, and evolving. It would be unfair to anyone I coached or influenced to lock myself into one type of training methodology so early in my career; since I am not a ‘master’ of anything as of yet. I could potentially be depriving them of the ability to connect through another form of physical art they have never been exposed to. But if I myself have not been exposed to or even practiced it, does that fall on me as failing them as a coach, or on them for not knowing what they wanted? Either case, without having access to that special experience, they may never be able to awaken their unrecognized potential to flourish.
What is it That You Want?
I aim to provide many resources for you to make better mindful decisions on improving your enjoyment of life. I am extremely open to cover topics in the future related exactly to what you want to know about, or are interested in! Running parallel to my coaching, my passion in writing is to provide you with what brings benefit to YOUR life. I’m sure you’re curious about some things related to your body, nutrition, mindset, or fitness, I am too!
Please feel free to comment or message me if you have ANY type of questions related to anything within the realm of living as a human, and I will do my best to help or steer you in the positive direction!