Posts Tagged ‘#master athletes’

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(Getting coached on my squat by the legendary Powerlifter, Ed Coan)

No one wants to get “no repped”in a meet or on a test; solid technique will solve that problem.

Isn’t there more to having good technique than that?

Why do coaches constantly stress technique anyhow?

First, let me clarify that, good coaches do and  lousy coaches don’t.

Good technique will definitely help you get stronger and help prevent injuries.

Here’s a few reasons why:

  • improved structural integrity
  • full range of motion is achieved
  • coordination is enhanced
  • speed increases
  • better mind/body connection
  • more effective use of available energy
  • body control/stability gets better

Excellent technique coupled with smart programming will help both the seasoned strength athlete and the novice lifter get better overall.

Life is unpredictable, at best, you never know what you might be facing that day when you get up in the morning. I believe that our training should build a well-rounded readiness for any situation.

If someone were to ask how we train at the Cave, for instance, “Do you do Powerlifting or Olympic Weightlifting?”, the answer is yes. It’s not one or the other.

Whether it’s CrossFit or Strongman or Underground Strength, or PowerX, the answer is yes, once again.

Do we prefer barbells, dumbbells,  kettlebells, sandbags, kegs, stones, logs, bands, chains, sleds, or bodyweight? The answer is still yes.

Bruce Lee said, “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”.

 

 

 

 

One thing I hate is someone trying to make me think, act, and live how they think I should at a certain age.

They first try to get to you when you turn 50 and they send you an invitation to join a very large “geezer’s” organization (it starts with the letter “A”).

Forget it! Quit calling me a Senior Citizen, I keep that I am only approaching middle-age in my mind! I refuse to think old!

I feel 1/2 my chronological age.

Each year they throw more stuff at you that they automatically “just know” you have to have (this is in addition to all the prescription medications for  high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and sexual dysfunction that they have conned many people into using)

  • free dinners to discuss retirement/investment options
  • discounts on burial plots
  • discounts on cremation services

They can flush all that junk!

All of it is for their profit, not your health and well-being.

I ain’t going for any of it!

  • I will continue to lift heavy stuff and get stronger every week
  • I will stay med-free
  • I will eat clean and get enough rest
  • I will stay mentally tough
  • I will never surrender

Folks, don’t buy their lies!

Think for yourself and take action every day.

Surround yourself with strong, smart, trustworthy people and you will prove all the slick marketers wrong! You DON’T need  their junk!

 

If you are a coach, or are aspiring to be one, pay close attention to this.
You have the power to make a real difference in real peoples lives on a daily basis for the better.
Politicians and judges do what they do far removed from the “real world” of our daily lives.
Coaches, on the other hand, are face to face with their athletes every day they train and some times more often than that.
They know what people are struggling with individually on their strength journey.
They know their weaknesses and their strengths.
The best coaches place the needs of the people they train above their own coaching ambitions. In fact, anyone who is ego-driven or selfish shouldn’t even be a coach.
As a coach, you also work with people who are often racially, culturally, or age-wise very different from each other. It is your job to cultivate a sense of unity and cohesiveness as people strive to achieve their goals.
No one should get “special” treatment! Do not ever show favoritism as a coach.
Does that mean you go easy on some people?
No way!
Everyone should be challenged to achieve excellence, no exceptions.
You must know when to push their limits and when to periodically cut back a little to deload.
Above all, you as the coach, must set the standard high and lead by example!
Politicians and judges will never achieve the positive changes in people, especially in mixed groups, that you will.
Now go crush it, coach!

Life in the midst of the human race can be challenging, even on a good day.

A lot of that has to do with how we see other people. How we treat others in the gym and in life  often depends on the filter we are viewing them through.

It is very common for people to rant and rage against this group or that group, especially on the Internet. If we see people only as a member of a certain group, it kind of anesthetizes us from the insults and hurt we might heap on them.

Think about it, do you see people only through a filters like these?

  • religion
  • race
  • politics
  • sexuality
  • appearance
  • age

There are certainly more filters used by people that affect how they treat others.

One of the best ways to get rid of the filters is to get to know real people in real life.

Yes, that means actually talking with them face to face in person.

What a concept!

Notice I said talking with them not at them. This includes actively listening to them, which is generally taken as a sign of respect.

At my gym, I have trained a wide variety of people; many of which have very different world views than my own. It is important to show respect and treat people like you want to be treated (kind of a Jesus idea isn’t it?)

Normally I won’t turn someone away except for them being lazy or too arrogant to learn.

Those are their own bad choices. I will not be an enabler to them by allowing them to bring those attitudes into my gym.

Over training can occur, of course, however many people do not train intensely enough or often enough to warrant undue fear of it.

You can hear all kinds of differing opinions on it, like anything else on the Internet, just keep in mind it is a possibility.

I am more inclined to think that people are not getting enough recovery time and quality sleep. The strongest people I know all stress the importance of those two things and they validate that by what they are actually  able to do.

Yes, proper nutrition is a vital part of the equation, but I want to emphasize the other aspects here.

In this chaotic world we live in, stress is at an all time high. It definitely can detract from

both the quality and quantity of your recovery and sleep.

Social media addiction, watching  TV (especially the news), playing video games late into the night all hinder your recovery & sleep. There are more things that could be added to this list, but you get the picture.

Serious athletes/lifters know how to dial in their recovery/sleep to maximize their gains.

If you want to take your training to the next level, take a good honest look at your recovery and sleep habits. Change whatever you need to in order to be the best you can be!