I think one of the biggest pet peeves a coach can have is the “athlete” who doesn’t listen, argues, acts like the coach, disrupts class, and makes a general ass of themselves. This is sad, because not only does it make for a bad training environment; it might actually hurt other’s progress as well. If this is you, and you know it’s you, then please do yourself a favor and stop.
If you’ve taken the plunge and decided you can get more benefit at an affiliate than in your own garage, then read on and please don’t become one of these folks.
I hate to admit this, but surprise, surprise coaches aren’t perfect, they make mistakes on occasion and everyone, and I mean everyone is constantly learning. But here is the thing, they know more than you. You are paying for the use of the equipment and the trainers’ knowledge. So why not take advantage and get all you can out of your time there?
Here are some tips to keep on track and help you from making an ass of yourself.
One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when offering fitness advice online is that you rarely, if ever, meet the person you’re giving advice to. If you do meet them, it’s usually only a casual encounter, and seldom in a training environment.
In these situations you’re taking everything they tell you at face value, compiling that information, and giving your best assessment as to what will help them reach their goals.
I was speaking with Melany (who is in training for her first 5k) and of course the subject of her training came up. During the talk I explained the need to set additional future goals and that without them within two months of her finishing the 5k, she would be back to where she is now.
“Only one goal at a time” I was told. “I know what works for me”. I tried to explain that she should at least be looking for a future goal, and I was shut down. Since my argument was going nowhere, I tried another tactic. An explanation of my Fitness Personality Profile and where she fit into it soon followed.
Lets face it life is busy. Between kids, your spouse, work, bills, exercise and everything else piled on your plate, you never seem to have enough time. Then the unexpected happens and you get even busier. During these times something’s got to give and let’s face it, it’s usually your workouts.