How to make training progress in a culture that hates correction & accountability

Many people have an aversion to the truth, especially hard truth.  Some gyms will pander to the hyper-sensitive people out there; but real gyms won’t.

It seems no one want to be told they are wrong, even if they are.

Maybe that’s what a “judgement free zone” is. You can really be doing it all wrong and no one will tell you the truth.

Kind of like they want to hear about heaven, but don’t mention hell. If you are deadlifting or squatting with bad technique, you are at risk of an injury. I’d rather hurt your feelings than see you really get hurt and end up in the hospital

At the Cave, thin-skinned, easily-offended people  will not be allowed to train there. Everyone has to be willing to be coached, work  hard and be honestly corrected.

That doesn’t mean a good coach has to yell at everyone and drop f-bombs on them; however, he must tell them the truth or he is a lousy coach.

Never settle for a coach or trainer who is mainly interested in your money, not your progress and safety.


Published by ironcave1

I was the owner of the Cave, a strength-based, veteran-owned, unconventional coaching facility, which closed on May 31, 2022 after almost 12 years. My full focus is now on bringing our steelclub and mace training called Mace Fit out to the public. Follow us at and @2slingsteel.

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