How to tell if you’re training a “genius”

Posted: March 18, 2015 in #program design, #whatsyourgameplan, fitness, how to do
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Just a quick recap of my training/coaching experience between martial arts, military, and fitness adds up to around 40 years or so. That in itself is not a big deal, I just love what I do.

Over the years I have trained many different people from all walks of life, with all types of personalities.

Most have been great to work with, except for the “geniuses”.

Of course they are not the type of genius you might be thinking of,  no, these are the self-appointed geniuses

Here’s how you can spot them

  • they will come to your gym,. and look like they are really trying hard
  • they will ask  lots of questions
  • they will partially pay attention to what you teach, as long as it doesn’t disrupt their pre-conceived ideas
  • they will follow none of your advice that pertains to anything outside of the training session they are currently doing
  • this is especially true of your input about consistency in training, rest/recovery, sleep, eating clean, supplementation, and handling stress
  • they will usually ask the same questions you answered for them last time, and still not take your advice

They are so smart, in their own estimation, that your advice goes unheeded. Often times they will ask why they can’t make progress in certain areas, and I wonder why they bother sometimes.

Can a “genius” make progress?

Yes, if they wake up and start taking their coach’s advice seriously.

I am so glad I don’t have a gym full of geniuses!

I’ll close with this anonymous quote:

“If you’re the smartest person in the room; you’re in the wrong room”

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