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Having been a martial arts instructor for many years prior to  my transitioning to strength & fitness coaching I have learned the importance of this.

For a coach to be effective, he must definitely be very knowledgeable and experience in his chosen field. However, that is not enough.

You must be able to interact with people daily without getting entangled in their personal lives. Some people join a gym to get in shape, but others have different reasons, often very personal.

As a coach you will meet people from every walk of life. Discernment is needed in sorting through each person’s  reason for wanting to train with you. Sometimes you won’t find out the real reason they are there until much later.

Just who  are bar tenders or barbers, you are hear all kinds of things you never asked to hear about. This is where professional detachment must be applied, or you will get sucked into the drama of a struggling person’s life.

They want to tell you about their problems, I mean all about their problems, and this is where you need to draw the line. If it is directly related to training, then hear them out.

However, if it gets into personal problems, relationships, money, etc. don’t let yourself get involved.

Remember, you are their to coach them, not be their “shrink”, or their baby-sitter,  or their shoulder to cry on.

This requires a tough attitude and the willingness to firmly  tell them you are not the answer to their problem.

Many a coach has gone down the hard way due to not maintaining professional detachment. Don’t be that guy!

 

 

Schedule change

Posted: September 13, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Since our vacation destination got wrecked by Hurricane Irma, we had to change our plans.

The Cave will be open this Friday, Sept. 15.

It will still be closed on Monday, Sept. 18

One thing about humans is that they tend to keep looking back at problems instead of moving on towards what is next. They keep replaying the negative event in their minds over and over again, even when the problem no longer exists, like Hurricane Irma.

For those who lost everything, maybe even loved ones, in that storm the road to their future will be much harder. Other people were merely inconvenienced by it, but almost act like the world is ending.

Today is a new day, there are huge amounts of recovery work to do. So, let’s get on with that and on with life. That also includes on with training.

Physical strength and mental toughness are always needed in life, now they are needed even more. Stay strong for your families and others that depend on you.

Get back to your training.

Regain your focus.

Move on!

Granted, it feels great to be strong. However, if our strength is just used to inflate our egos, we are living a pretty hollow existence.

In times of crisis, your strength can be a huge help to those around you. If you can carry an injured person to get medical help, you are using your strength for something that matters.

Carrying water, generators, food, building supplies, etc. can be a big help to those who physically cannot do these things, like children, elderly people, or those who are disabled.

Serving others is one of the greatest blessings we have in this life. It is  not all about us.

During Hurricane Harvey and now, Hurricane Irma, thousands of people will need help; some will be right in your neighborhood. Will you step up and help them?

You are strong for a reason, make sure it is for the right reason.

general warm up (10 minutes)

weight plate orbits x 20 reps

Adex club lateral pull overs x 10/10 reps

Adex mace “10-to-2” x 20 competition reps

rear walking lunges x 100 feet

elevated pike push ups x 10 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

bench press set up and light reps

strength (20 minutes)

bench press x 3/3/3/3/3/3/3 reps

conditioning/accessory work (1 round)

seated EZ bar curls x 10/8/6 reps

weight stack push downs x 10/8/6 reps

wrist roller x 5/4/3

 

We will be doing our final hurricane preparations that day and encourage everyone in the path of the hurricane to do the same. We will be praying for safety for all of you and for ourselves. If you are evacuating, stay safe on the road.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!

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general warm up (10 minutes)

rear bear crawls x 100 feet

resistance band archer pulls x 25/25 reps

dumbbell hang power snatches x 10/10 reps

Adex mace 360’s x 30 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

strict pull ups/dips supersets set up and practice

strength (5 supersets)

one superset = strict pull ups x 5 reps + dips x 5 reps

conditioning/accessory work (1 round)

Adex club long cycle swipes x 40 reps

windshield wipers x 20 reps

front planks x max. hold time