Why You Have A Coach

By Kenny Olmeda

Coach programs back squats 5x5@75%

Athlete: I feel good today. I think I’ll max out.

(Athlete fails to hit a PR or even worse gets injured)

Coach: umm why you do dis?

Unfortunately, this is all too common. Part of what makes a successful athlete is a good coach. A coach is supposed to be the adult in the room. Sometimes athletes can be guilty of short-sighted thinking, seeking immediate gratification versus reaching long-term goals, and risking injury for a quick payoff when a bigger payoff can be achieved with more of a slow and steady approach. Don’t be fooled by social media and think you need to go “beast mode” everyday in order to see results. You have to trust the process.

A good coach should not be giving into your daily whims, your spur-of-the-moment PR attempts because you think you’re feeling ready, even though it can mess up the whole cycle. A coach is someone who has invested years in honing their skills, relationships, education and methods.

You should hate your coach some days for the same reason you hated your parents when you were younger: they didn’t let you do what you THOUGHT you wanted to do. You may not like it now, and you may not even admit it to them or yourself, but you will be thankful that they forced you to do certain things to truly make the gym a lifelong endeavor.

During classes, please, please, please listen to your coaches and heed what they are telling you about your mechanics, the weight on your bar and your movement quality! All of the things we coach you on are to benefit you when the time is needed. Do we want you to get stronger? Absolutely! However, you must move safely first. Whether it’s in a competition or just to get you through your WOD safely. I’m as guilty as anyone of this, but too many times we are in reactive mode when we’re listening to others. We’re focused more on what we are going to say rather than what someone is telling us. This isn’t good, especially when receiving instructions from your coach. You can’t make the corrections you need to make if you’re too busy thinking of your response instead of focusing on the message the coach is attempting to convey to you.