|A good coach is a good teacher. |
Matching socks not required.
I recently hired a performance nutrition coach. I hadn't ever considered doing it before because, well, I know performance nutrition. If I give someone a plan and they follow it, they will lose fat, gain muscle, all the stuff they want to do. But, that's the hard part right? Following the plan? I've been trying to follow my own plan for the better part of a year and, well, I'm not really good at telling myself to shut my mouth and make better choices. Sometimes the coach needs a coach.
My nutrition coach gave me something relatively simple, not so different from what I would give my clients, but tailored specifically for me. Amazingly, I'm finding that I am doing some things very differently under his direction.
1. I'm following the plan and not making excuses, justifying substitutions, thinking I can think my way out of not eating ice cream every day.
2. I'm sticking to my training plan and making time to train because if I don't train AND eat the right way on the right days, it doesn't work.
So, did I need "THE" magic diet prescription? Or did I need someone to tell me that this was the plan that I would be sticking to if I wanted the results I want?
A little of both I think. I spend so much time thinking and planning for others that I don't really have a lot of time or energy left to think about myself. This is the primary reason I handed over my training plans to a trusted colleague a few years ago and I've trained better every since.
So, this idea that sometimes the coach needs a coach is an important one because the truth is, we all do better with a little outside coaching no matter what it is we're doing. Writing, teaching, learning, we all do better when we have someone to provide a little guidance to help us take ourselves from point A to point B.
|To train for the Highland Games, I didn't need|
a complicated plan. I needed to learn to throw.
Most people do very well with a simple program and the guidance of a thoughtful trainer or coach. The plan does not have to be complicated, it has to address the needs of the individual and there's no better way to do that on an ongoing basis than to have someone who is knowledgeable give you regular and helpful feedback. A simple plan and a thoughtful coach will lead to more success than all the complicated plans you may come across. It doesn't mean that training isn't hard or demanding. But, with a simple template to work from and good feedback, a plan can be far more efficient and exclude all the extraneous nonsense that can negatively impact recovery or even get you injured. Perhaps it is also easier to follow a simple plan when you have a coach to guide you as you have someone interested in your success.
|Since he was already competing in track and field and|
baseball, Francis's powerlifting program was all
about a few lifts with good form.
A good coach will start you off slowly on whatever course you are on. He or she will assess where you are, see what you can handle, enhance your strengths, and improve your weaknesses. All through simple observation and feedback. If you are trying to eat an elephant, swallowing it whole is neither possible, nor safe to try. You have to do it just like everyone else, one bite at a time.
If you are a coach or a trainer and have your own training goals, follow your own advice and hire a coach. Think about what you want out of that relationship and empty your cup. Be prepared to do what you are told, but at the same time be wary of overly complicated schemes and a lack of support.