What Makes a Good Strength and Conditioning Coach?
To start this new blog I thought I'd Start wit something that I've been seeing for an awful long time..
While the web is an exceptionally valuable as well as reliable means to get info, it is a haven for phonies and fakes as well as ’Some pt’s’ that have not invested an adequate quantity of time "in the trenches" to call themselves an expert. Sorry to say this but after nearly 12 years of training people it’s true.., yet seeing a video clip on YouTube of the new exercise you found out trolling the net barely qualifies you to call on your own an expert. Although I regularly prepare dinner for my family, I will know way near be coming close to the Food Network Chef any time soon for my own show because I am far from an expert in culinary arts. I could follow a recipe or "wing it" in the kitchen area, to be one of the best at anything typically entails some type of academic preparation as well as loads of practical experience (we are speaking years) prior to you also assume about calling yourself anywhere near an expert.
With all this being said, here are ten things that I believe make a good strength and conditioning coach. 1. A Good coach know that they must be able to competently demonstrate anything they expect their athletes or clients to do. If you cannot demo it, do not prescribe it...it just makes you look foolish when you are stumbling over your own words and making up every excuse in the book why are unable to execute it.
2. A Good coach know the training process goes something like this: evaluate the trainee, design the program, implement the stimulus, recover, and repeat. In addition, the evaluation process is ongoing because that is part of coaching.
3. A Good coach know the secret is in the chef, not the ingredients. Just because you know what movements and exercises other coaches are using does not mean you can coach them. There is an art to knowing how much of this and how much of that to put onto the training plate to make all of the ingredients blend...and it takes years to perfect.
4. A Good coach do not write workouts, they write programs. They do not think on a daily basis, but a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Training is a process and it is important to always see the bigger picture.
5. A Good coach know that you should not train through an injury, but around it.
6. A Good coach know that it is important to teach people to auto regulate. This allows trainees to understand that they will not always have their best day in the gym every day...and that's ok.
7. A Good coach know how to communicate effectively. They will have an arsenal of cues, both audible and visual, in order to accomplish the task at hand and get any trainee to be successful.
8. A Good coach understand that four weeks to ripped abs is £49.99 worth of garbage. Using a two week crash diet (aka starvation) and running yourself into the ground is not training. Training is a process based on logical progression. Anyone ever heard of the word commitment?
9. A Good coach know that squats are not bad for your knees, deadlifts are not bad for your back, and military presses are not bad for your shoulders. There are not bad exercises. There are exercises that are bad for some trainees due to factors such as orthopedic issues, training history, etc.
10. A Good coach know that a strength training session does not need to make you tired or induce vomiting to be effective. Stimulate don't annihilate. Conditioning is a different story altogether.
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