5 Reasons for veterans to spend some one-on-one time with their coach
Personal training is for newbies, right? For people who have never cleaned or snatched before, right? You don’t need personal training. You have been doing this stuff for three years now. Right?
Not so fast…
Personal training isn’t just for people going through fundamentals learning the movements for the first time. Even veterans can, and should, meet with their coach for one-on-one training once a month, every six weeks, or at the very least once every quarter.
Think about it this way: The absolute best athletes in the world in every sport all have coaches, (where as amateur athletes often don’t). So get it out of your mind that you have been here for three years and no longer need a coach. Now is the time when you need a coach the most!
As a MadLab member gym, one of the backbones of our business is the concept of having a coach for life! And we mean it! The intention was never to graduate you to group classes and never hang out again. The point is to keep the relationship going, for the sake of your ongoing, ever changing fitness.
So...... Here are 5 Reasons WHY you should keep working with your coach.
5. Are you plateau-ing?
When you first start training, improvements are fast and furious. Every single day is a new personal best. But after a certain amount of time—one year for some, three years for others—your improvements will start to slow down.
Plateau-ing has to do with how your central nervous system develops. Once your central nervous system becomes more developed, it gets harder and harder for your body to adapt quickly.
In other words, the more fit you become, the more developed your central nervous system will become, and when it does it gets harder to make strength gains, power gains, aerobic gains by following a general physical preparedness (GPP) program (as most gyms do). So new stressors are needed to challenge and push your bodies fitness level so that you again start to make gains.
Don't panic, hope is not lost!
Gains CAN and will still happen for you. It’s just that eventually your training needs to become at least a little bit more specialized. So if you’re plateau-ing, it’s time to include more specific pieces in your training to drive specific adaptions—be strength gains, power or conditioning. And most likely, this will involve focusing on your weaknesses.
Getting together with your coach will help him/her and you figure out what your next steps should be, and come up with a plan to ensure you continue to move forward with your fitness. It doesn’t mean you need to stop coming to group classes; you might just have a bit of extra work to squeeze in each week.
4. When it comes to technical movements, the better you get, the more coaching you need!
When you were first learning how to snatch, the cues you received were probably more ‘big-picture,’ almost generic technical corrections. But the more technical you become, the more fine-tuning you will need from a coach—and it’s hard to get that in a group class of 15 people.
A coach telling the class to get full hip extension on a clean, or explaining what a muscle clean is, will eventually lose its effect on your technical development after two years. What you need instead is someone to work with you on the finer points of the movement—on perfecting your set-up, your angles, your second pull, the list goes on. You better believe the best weightlifter in the world has a coach, and they continually work on technique.
3. Nagging Injuries
Veteran athletes are masters at working around an injury, instead of fixing the problem. Sometimes they get away with it (and it goes unnoticed) because they know their bodies, so they modify movements during workouts, and find ways to avoid feeling the nagging pain—and to avoid looking like they’re in pain.
Stop working around the injury folks, it WILL come back and bite you in the you know what! Make an appointment with your coach to give your some tools to fix whatever is going on. He can give you warm-up drills and accessory work to help you iron out any muscle imbalances going on that might be contributing to the problem.
Not only that, if there are certain movements you DO need to avoid, your coach can help provide you with the best movement alternatives, so you’re getting the most out of each session.
2. Keep you on track with your goals and hold you accountable
With diligently doing group classes 3 or 4 days a week, athletes should continue to work with their coach and arrange personal training sessions every couple months.
It’s an opportunity for you to work on specific things that you struggle with and would like to get better at. Every one of you has at least one if not more fitness related goals you would like to achieve. I know you do!
Turn to your coach! They are there for you to figure out whats best for YOU, and to push through specific issues and give direction.
Maybe it’s specific warmups or cool downs. It could be additional strength work to help achieve your first pull-up or handstand push up. Or specific mobility work to help you move better in related exercises. It could even be a kick in the pants to get to the gym because its been a week or two. The longer your away the more difficult it is to come back. Trust me i know from experience.
I see it more and more the most dedicated clients are the ones who continue to utilize their coach and meet with them once every 6 weeks.
Don’t get me wrong, group class is where the fun is at, however your coach helps keep you accountable for your specific goals and keeps you on track.
1. To prepare you for what’s to come!
Working with your coach is the best way to figure out how you should be approaching what’s coming up in classes. For example, if the next focus is going to be a 6-week cycle squat cycle, your coach can give you some direction as to how to approach it.
Similarly, if a lot of overhead work is coming up in the next month of classes, and you struggle going overhead, your coach can provide you with some great preparation and accessory work, and possible substitutions if need be, for what’s coming up in classes.
What your coach does with you, of course, will change as you change.
If you think about it this way… None of us are the same person we were 20 years ago. Our needs change as we age, so why would we navigate them on our own. Trust me, I’ve tried in the past and was very unsuccessful. I wasted many years fighting on my own and got nowhere. I needed help, direction and accountability. I wish more people would recognize the importance of having long term fitness goals. This is YOUR body. You're going to have it your whole life, so why would you not try to take care of it? And why would you battle to do it on your own?
Don’t try to do it on your own; that’s why you got a coach in the first place! Use them! Make the call, do it now!