Last week I was interviewed by a college student about to graduate in exercise physiology. He wanted to know what qualities make up a good trainer.
To me, training is like talent scouting.
The first time you train someone is like your first time at a shooting range. You can see the target and use the weapon, but it doesn’t mean every shot counts. It’s knowing all the right cues, but not knowing how an athlete will respond to them.
The desire to make your friends move and feel better comes from a deep seeded selflessness. Not because it makes you look good, because it makes them feel good. If you don’t have that, your not a good trainer, your not even a good person.
A talent scout looks for unique qualities in every human they come across, just like a great trainer does. There not always the easiest to find, but they’re always there.
These talents become things you can fall back on when your motivation is low, and times are rough. The skills your good at give you the confidence to attack the stuff you suck at. A good trainer knows how equally important correction and celebration are.
A good trainer critiques, and then apologetically demands correction with good cues and progressions. All the while he’s constantly searching and enhancing what your great it, urging you to show it off when the time comes.
1-Minute to complete:
2-Hip to bar
1-Banded transition on the rings
1 minute-Overhead squat 55/75
1 minute-Medicine ball cleans
1 minute -Plank hold
Practice a goat for (10) minutes.
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