Coaching the “Simple” Stuff

October 2, 2008

I just hopped on my computer a couple minutes ago before reading a case study for one of my classes, and I got distracted for awhile over at strengthcoach.com (cuz I’m cool like that!) where a very interesting and in-depth article went up earlier today. Something that I appreciate is that there are short video segments of what the exercises are supposed to look like (its a really good day when there’s sound bites to go along with the video!). Anyways, it good me thinking about something I left out of my posts (Part 1 and Part 2) on what I learned while working at SST in the summer.

Until this summer, I didn’t realize how much we needed to coach seemingly simple things. Things like basic stretches, dynamic warm-up drills, basic exercises like pushups, and activation and mobility drills. Just because there aren’t a lot of moving parts in these drills and exercises doesn’t mean that their performance is fool-proof. In fact, I’d reason that because they appear so simple there is a greater chance of improper execution. Add to the fact that we aren’t always able to catch every athlete/client’s warm-up if there are others lifting at that given time that also demand our observation and we have somewhat of an uphill battle.

So what youre saying is theres a wrong way to do this??

"So what you're saying is there's a wrong way to do this??"

With incorrect execution of these drills, we then have to consider the consequences of such performance (ie. were poor movement patterns reinforced, are we reinforcing a potentially injurious pattern, and did we get any positive training effect).

Of course, we can’t watch everyone every second of their training session, but we can’t neglect those that are warming up or doing simple exercises either (because it doesn’t appear hard to us or as fun as coaching squats or deadlifts).

Just another aspect of being a trainer or coach that might not be so obvious when we are getting our first certification.

CB

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