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Sitting by the river . . .

When you are a coach, you have to be a good listener.  And sometimes its for problems not related to squatting or benching.


For that reason I wrote the following quote on the whiteboard today. 

At first glance, it may seem mean-spirited, but it isn't meant to be.

Often when we are being tormented by others (or someone is tormenting a loved one), we feel powerless and confused as to why its happening in the first place.  Its hard to remember to be kind, or at the very least, disengage. 

However, in my experience, toxic people always show their true colors, steam engines run out of steam, and everyone eventually moves on.  Hopefully all to better places, sometimes the tormenters are just forgotten. 

Regardless, we should all think about how we would be remembered from our interactions.  And whether or not someone would like to remember us kindly.  Most of all, I imagine that no one would like to think that someone is downstream waiting for their body to float by.

“Three things in hum…

Its Like Riding a Bike

One of the hardest things to do as a coach is getting your athletes to listen and do what they need to do in order to improve.  Its often not because they are unmotivated, instead, its because they want to be successful as fast as possible.  They want to run faster, lift more, play better, etc., but unfortunately there just aren't any shortcuts.  The one thing that always works whether you are coaching a sport, or weightlifting, or even chess, is practice.  The mind and body need time, a lot of time, to master the mental and physical coordination to function both accurately and consistently.

Often, in the gym, if a new lifter is still having problem with form or weak spots, they will ask me for accessory work to improve the problem.  If I tell them they aren't engaging their lats, they want to do lat pulldowns.  If their grip is failing, they want to do grip work.  If they can't run 3 miles without stopping, they think they need sprint work.


While all accessories and tools…

The Art of Coaching

My youngest son decided sometime in December that he wanted to play lacrosse for his middle school as a sixth grader.  He had no experience, but a lot of enthusiasm so I encouraged him to go for it.  Apparently, a whole bunch of kids had the same idea and so the team basically doubled in size this year.  Unfortunately, the number of available coaches decreased by about half.  And so, as you may have predicted, for the past three weeks, I've been learning how to be an assistant lacrosse coach for the boys middle school team.  I was really just offering to be another warm body on the field and figured at the very least, I could donate my abilities to yell really loud and make kids do pushups and run laps.  I don't really know anything about lacrosse.



But, . . . plot twist.

The head coach is not just a good lacrosse coach, he is a very good people coach.  You can tell this by how he can get a group of 31 middle school boys to settle down and listen to his every word without raisi…