Good Coach?

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.  


Andrew Killion