Hey team, quick rant here, concerning the role that your coach is supposed to play during your lifting career. I recently ran across an Instagram page that I spent way too long hate-scrolling down, where the athlete consistently talked about lifting for 8, 9, 10 days in a row without taking a break. The athlete would do near max/max singles that weren’t in the original program, and the athlete routinely bragged that they were able to convince the coach to let them do these singles, even though that’s not what the coach programmed. The athlete also, ironically, had photos of all kinds of injuries the athlete was suffering, aches and pains, and some photos where their knees looked like they were attached to their rectum in the bottom of some horrifically failed squats. The athlete recognizes all of this, but doesn’t care, because “gym is life.”
My point in all of this is a simple question: Why does this athlete even have a coach?
A coach is supposed to be the adult in the room. I have written before that a lot of the time, athletes can behave like children when it comes to their training. Not temper tantrum-in-the-grocery checkout lane-type of tantrum, but more along the lines of short-sighted thinking, seeking immediate gratification vs. reaching long-term goals, and risking injury for a quick payoff when a bigger payoff can be achieved with more of a slow, steady approach.
Now, what do I means when I say that you should probably hate your coach?