“I swear, I almost had a heart attack!”
Last night, a friend and I were discussing why he’d given up on his personal fitness training.
After 1 week.
His coach had pushed him too far too soon and now he was out. For good.
“She was just screaming at me!”
Now what’s the point of that? What a waste of a good opportunity to change someone’s life!
Now I train daily, but I’m certainly no fitness coach. But I do know that fitness coaching, like any kind of coaching, isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. And ordering a rank beginner to crank out 30 x Deadman Burpees is going to almost kill them.
And screaming at them when they can’t do it isn’t terribly inspiring.
Now, I don’t know about you, but if someone is trying to kill me, or just generally being an asshole to me, I usually want as little to do with them as possible.
I don't understand why any coach would even consider using Marine Drill Sergeant tactics to motivate their clients. These tactics make sense if you need to break an individual down psychologically, so they will blindly follow orders, even when they’re exhausted or terrified in the cauldron of battle.
But this tactic never leads to self-motivation. They’re always going to need someone to “order” them to take action.
I’ve always had the philosophy that a good coach keeps their client in the game long enough for them to become self-motivated.
Small progress is infinitely better than no progress, and consistent small progress ultimately leads to massive transformation.
Choosing the right coach is so important. A good coach will not only inspire you to stay motivated, but will teach you how to motivate yourself when they're not around.
A bad coach will create conditions where you rely on them for motivation.
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It’s fun and it literally costs nothing! And you’ve got everything to gain from just getting started.