Rome wasn’t built in a day! Part 2: Coaching
Firstly, if you missed part 1 of this blog check it out HERE NOW!
I have to say I hate preaching so I’ve tried not to do this here as I hate reading it. I’d love to know your feedback too so please do leave me a comment.
To be honest, I was going to call this Part 2: YOU! As it really is about your own patience and development as well as general coaching.
Now, I’m as guilty of this as most people. I want everything yesterday. Whether it’s jobs done, programming, new things for the house etc. etc.
I’m naturally very, very impatient! In fact, I regularly piss people off with this side of me, believe me!
But despite what my family might tell me, I do think I’ve actually improved a lot over the last 6 or 7 years.
When I first started coaching in around 2002-2003 I was a young teenager looking to make an impact. I wanted results quickly and when I didn’t get them I questioned myself and my programmes. I didn’t stick to things very well and made judgements too early. That was probably apparent in every aspect of my life not just my S&C coaching and personal training. It’s also a mistake I see A LOT of young S&C coaches making (I still class myself as young btw :). I was guilty of changing programmes too quickly, trying to do complicated interventions when simple was and is the way forward. I’d encourage everyone to read part 1 of this post or check out anything by Vern Gambetta on this.
Another point I’ve been guilty of myself, and I see a lot of, is trying to justify your methods over other people’s when really we know that as long as the principles of training are followed the results will come. Inheriting groups of athletes or clients and bashing the previous coach is a classic example of this. Don’t judge until you’ve spent a lot of hours around your new group. Learn about them, understand them. Then change things if you need to.
When I moved up to Durham University and the English Institute of Sport around 2007 I had improved, but I still overcomplicated things rather than simplifying things. My patience and appreciation of the process was a lot better though and I didn’t expect results overnight. This was a coaching intensive period in my career where I learned a lot about movement and bodies just from the variety of sports and bodies I managed to get my hands on. I’d encourage you to get experience with as many different sports as you can and see the vocabulary you need to develop these differing structures and physiology.
Move forward 5 years and I think that I’m just as impatient with my goals, I push and push as much as I can. I remember speaking with Kelvin Giles in a meeting at the LTA when I was working as the S&C coach for the North of England. KG was my consultant line manager and we were discussing career progression.
I said that I didn’t like to keep knocking on the door to see if it opened, I preferred to smash the door down by charging at it. He laughed, and said never lose that quality! I haven’t lost it yet! I must have come across as such a young kid, but Kelvin harnessed that in me, it was an awesome meeting, one of the best ever.
Whilst I’ve refined that approach a lot, it’s in my nature, so nurturing it is my approach.
After saying all that though, I have got so much more patience when it comes to developing athletes. I really enjoy the waiting, it’s not about the outcome, it’s all about the process.
Everyone is different. Within a group you’ll never everyone responding positively and in the timescale you hope, for everything you do. I enjoy that aspect of our job, it’s a nice challenge. Often the gains you hope for don’t arrive. It’s not necessarily down to the programme, exercises, sets and reps etc, more often that not it’s just the individual hasn’t had the time to learn and adapt. Maybe they are working hard in their day job and have under recovered. Maybe they are mentally fried and can’t learn as quickly in that phase of training. Get to know your athletes and their unique demands.
Lastly, when we look at the S&C industry in the UK at the moment, if you’re too impatient you haven’t got a chance!
Patience and perseverance is key.
Marathon VS Sprint
I’m not sure about slow and steady wins the race?
I think fast and explosive wins the race but repeated sprint ability is the best quality we can have in our coaching careers, for me anyway.
Thats me done for the day,