So we were staying back after the class the other night, painting a wall and talking about things we had to do, stuff we should come up with and then we got onto the topic of coaches and what we thought a coach was and what everyone else thought it was.
This name is has a lot of meaning to me and I often look up to people with whom I call ‘coach’.
What is your understanding of a coach and what is mine?
Your’s might be someone who trains you those times you walk into the box or onto the Dojo mats.
To me being a coach is not just telling you what to do with your physical training.
Its about listening, watching observing then acting accordingly at that time.
I don’t just mean about what we are doing in the session as well, you might need a shoulder to cry on, someone to listen to your crappy day and then being told by someone to pick that bar up and just lose yourself in our space, concentrate on just yourself because there are a lot of people I know in this world that don’t give themselves enough time, they give it away to everyone else and never save just a little bit for themselves.
Do I ever switch my coach button off? Hell no, I’ve tried to in non working hours but can’t….why you ask?!
Its very simply because I care about you.
Not you as a group, just you. I care how whatever I am about to make you do will affect your mental and physical state of mind.
When your class finishes, I go off Into my own little world of what we were just doing, who struggled with what, how can I make it so they learn that better, what can I can do to resolve this issue….
My goal is to make you happy and safe in the environment that I have, I want to see you flourish and thrive because that is what makes me happy.
I will never make you do something you cannot, but I will always push you to see what you are truly capable of – because you and me, we have two very different perspectives.
When you are in the middle of a workout – all you might feel at the time is tiredness and feel like not going on, but you know you only have a little further to go, me, I see that fight your giving to get the job done and what you are achieving now compared to what you achieved at the start and what we can do more with.
Its like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly.
True strength is not with how much you squat, how hard you punch or how quick you run.
True strength comes from your head and heart.
Its not something you are born with and its definitely not a genetic thing, its learned through practice, patience and trusting the process. There is no magic pill for this stuff, its hard, but when you start to get it, its like finally catching that ball that you always missed. It must be practiced repeatedly.
I could say the same for weight loss, strength and fitness gains and everything else in between, I have been there I understand its hard and I am always continually trying to make myself better so I can learn to make you better – there is no off switch.
Those inspirational quotes will only get you so far in life, especially if you don’t believe in yourself and your ability.
Not all coaches or trainers are like this, but some are….
Now that you can see, all this is just a micro second of what goes on in my head when I coach you, I want you to see what an awesome human being you are, Us coaches just have to figure out very creative ways to make you see that you are…then you’ll be able to do anything you want to do…