Every once in awhile, a kind person will compliment me with, “Amon, you’re a good coach!”I respond with “Thanks”, but I simultaneously think , “What the fuck does that mean?”I think most people say things, because it sounds good. (My issue, not yours.)
I have been fortunate to learn from many coaches in a variety of fields. I am not on their level of good. I mean, are good and bad coaches easy to identify? Maybe.
Is asking a new member to complete “Diane” as prescribed bad coaching? How about programming a “build to a max” snatch for an athlete on their 8th consecutive day of constantly varied fitnessizing? Does convincing an athlete to do “Murph” in their first group class seem like a good idea? Who knows?
Asking a new member to achieve 45 deadlifts and 45 handstand pushups (Diane) unsupervised, bad. Giving the same member options to be successful to make them comfortable, possibly good.
Ms. No-Days-Off hasn’t had a “recovery” in over 7 days, but wants motivation to personal best snatch. Encouraging her isn’t bad. Is it? Suggesting position drills may could be a more efficient use of time.
Dudley Do-Right wants to try crossfit because his wife has been doing it consistently for years.
He has a couple of marathons on his resume. Mr. Do-Right also likes pullups, enjoys pushups and feels confident in bodyweight air squats. Is it bad coaching to let him run 2 miles and perform 300 reps? I dunno. Recommending Dudley cut the reps in half or a third, may be better. Perhaps.
Is good versus bad coaching based on guidance and neglect?
(I’m am currently replicating the shoulder-shrug emoji.)
I suppose I have qualities of what one would consider a good coach.I’m punctual. Most of the time. I correct flaws. When I see them.Oh. I remember names. Sometimes. (The amount Lauras and Laurens joining the gym is making it harder for me. I apologize in advance.)
The list of counters are greater. I am not a(n) great athlete. I do not move well nor fast. And writing blog post. Ehh. Not good.
However, I do care about you monkeys.
Helping you achieve your goals, in any capacity, is a rewarding feel that most coaches/trainers chase.
When a new member overcomes their fear of a group class and finishes with a smile. I feel like they are headed in the right direction.
Seeing someone getting their first pullup, setting a personal best on a clean, or completing their first “RX” workout is as enjoyable to a me, as it is for you. Kind of.
I like seeing people happy. Making our members (and you, soon-to-be member) happy while having fun falls in the “good coach” category. Right? Otherwise, why would I be doing it?
As a member, If you do not achieve that happiness for whatever reason (not meeting a goal, regression, to much gutter-mumble-trap-rap…) I would definitely understand the bad coach label.
If “Amon, you are good coach!” translates to “Amon, you make me happy to be a part of DCF!”, then thank you. I would like nothing more than to make you happier.