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Eat lightning and crap thunder!

“You’re gonna eat lightning and you’re gonna crap thunder!”

Stolen from a famous coaching relationship, can you guess which one?

Why on earth would anyone bother hiring a coach?

You can find virtually anything about whatever obscure pastime you engage in online. And it’s FREE!

But… IMHO Free advice is worth every penny‼️😬

Being a coach myself, perhaps I’m a little biased. What am I talking about! Of course I’m biased we all are. Nobody sets out to be but invariably we are all pretty pleased with ourselves when we resolutely hold on to our beliefs in the face of adversity. (whether they’re right or wrong🙄)

That being said here are a few things that many would agree a good coach provides.

Coaching on technique and skill

A gentle nudge about performance when required. No real surprise here you want to learn how to lift weights or move and perform better, then a coach can be the eye that guides you and your form.

Past forty however there should be a specific focus on training the heart and keeping clients injury free. This may at first seem obvious but remaining injury free past forty is no mean feat. Finding the balance between training hard enough to elicit a response and going to far and causing damage is not as easy as it might appear.

Support and motivation

Again, hardly a revelation. You want to get better at something then you’d expect a coach to be able to provide a supporting and motivational environment where you can improve.

Accountability

Ok now we’re getting somewhere. Having someone that holds you accountable to the things you said you wanted at the outset of the programme. This can be the game changer that many require. Showing up is 50% according to Woody Allen yet many fail to even make it this far.

Having someone that expects to see you at the gym, expects you to stick to the plan and expects you to remain consistent can be just what’s needed to get you some remarkable result.

The perfect training plan that is neglected and unloved is no match for the mediocre one that is performed consistently.

Skin in the game

When clients pay me for my services there’s an expectation that I might actually know what I’m doing and so they invest some of their hard earned cash in exchange for something they find difficult to do on their own. 

The mere fact of putting your money where your mouth is almost demands that you take the process seriously. 

As anyone who’s ever tried to teach a member of their family to drive will attest to. Better to farm that thankless job out to a professional. 

With no real investment in the process it is much less likely that you’ll 

  1. Put forth the required amount of effort to get results.
  2. Show up consistently enough to get results.
  3. Stick to the programme for long enough to get results.

Less Is More

Finally a good coach might just be the person who gives you permission to take it easy on yourself. Take a day off, a week off, recharge and come back stronger. In your head clearly you know this already you’re not an idiot, yet as I may have said once or twice before “knowing is not doing”.

Undoubtedly you will benefit from having someone in your corner who allows you to be kind to yourself. Have the easy workout every now and again. Take some time off when you are overloaded with stress elsewhere in your life. You body will thank you for it.

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About the Author Stephen Devine

Steve not just a skilled Crossfit Coach, but a top-tier CrossFit Competitor who's ranked in the top 1% worldwide in the 2023 Crossfit Open! And this is despite spending six weeks on crutches following surgery to fix a broken ankle just a year ago. He's Qualified as a Crossfit L1 Coach, Crossfit Gymnastics, and is also a qualified Olympic Weightlifting Coach.

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