Building off of the last post I made on decision making I have recently come to the conclusion that while I love programming and coming up with training plans, I am not the best at doing this for myself. Not that I don't know how to do it or that I couldn't stick to it but it may be that I have too much information and am too close to the client — myself. So, I have decided that the bulk of my training will be from Macro Filly's Awaken Training Series. Click HERE! for more info on this awesome programming! I will add some Weightlifting technique based on what I need to work on but the bulk of the training will be functional bodybuilding. Read on for why this is important.
When you are too close to the problem you may be blinded by so many factors that you cannot accurately assess the problem itself. In the case of fitness you may think something is a weakness, even empirically, but it may not be based on other factors in the equation. The sport of fitness (CrossFit), which is my field, has so many variables and factors that you can get lost for months in the complexities of training for any conceivable test you could come up with. So, farming out the work to someone is a great way to get yourself back on track in many ways.
One of the best things, in my opinion, is that it alleviates you from having to figure out what to do for that days training (or weeks, months, and years of training for some athletes like Olympians). That in and of itself is the reason many people go to fitness classes, or hire a coach, or follow an online program. And that's just an average person who may have no idea what to do in the first place. If you are a strength and conditioning professional it is compounded by the fact that you know how to do everything and so you WANT to do everything and you get overwhelmed by what psychologists call "decision fatigue." You have so many choices for training and programming of exercises, sets, reps, progressions, cycles, that you can't make any decision at all! See, I told you decision talk would be a theme in this blog.
The act of delegating that responsibility to someone else or some prepared program frees you up to think about other things. As a coach myself, it frees me up to coach others more effectively. Making choices for someone else is always easier than making them for yourself right? ;) I know how their program is laid out and that there is some form of trust from your client that you aren't going to steer them wrong.
Another benefit of having a coach and or programmer is that you now have a teammate who is in your corner. That person wants you to succeed and so they are going to do their best to make sure you are getting what you need to make progress. You can bounce ideas off of each other and discuss issues you may be having in movements or other aspects of your fitness. Having a coach can give you guidance. You can see the trees, they can see the forest.
Having a coach or mentor is something that will almost always benefit any aspect of your life. Seeking help is the right thing to do in so many situations. Finding people you trust that can help you make progress in anything is invaluable. Wether that's fitness, your career, relationships, or simply your mental well-being, I cannot recommend enough seeking out qualified help that you can trust to help you get to where you want to go.
If I can be of service to you in any way, please don't hesitate to get in contact!