December 21, 2015

One of the things that always hits home when I hang around with coaches who know their shit is how simple they keep things.

There is nothing included in their programmes or presentations that does not need to be there.  And their delivery is simplistic, to the point that it sometimes makes you wonder if they are actually somebody else masquerading as that person with all of the experience and a solid reputation.

The funny thing is that this approach is not always adopted by less experienced personal trainers and coaches.  In fact, not a seminar with top industry guys presenting goes by, without me hearing murmurs of, ‘I thought it was a bit basic to be honest’.  Which I guess highlights three things:

1…. We are all too excitable sometimes.

2… We don’t know what we don’t know.

3… Experience allows you to simplify.

Image it. You’ve got top industry folk, who’ve coached Olympic athletes and have top jobs and international level, standing there in front of you telling you how they go about their business, and you think that it might be a little basic?   Right.  Listen to them.  They’re telling you that it doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective.  And this should be a key message to our fitness clients.  The problem is, we’re just as excitable as they are sometimes.

These guys are shit-hot in their fields, with proven track records.  And a major skill is that they can take complex topics and whittle them down to the bare bones.  In some cases they could literally science you to death, but it’s not relevant at that time and to that audience.  So they pitch it accordingly.  If we all knew what they knew, we’d all get it.  But you don’t know what you don’t know…

Success leaves clues.  If the top guys are trying to adopt a ‘minimum effective dose’ approach with elite athletes, maybe we should be doing the same with our general pop athletes…?  Which wasn’t really a question.  I understand that people want exer-train-ment, but if we want to deliver the best results, we need to teach people to do the basics well.  And the confidence to do this seemingly only comes with experience.