In coaching people, I find nothing as defining of their chance of making a lasting change as their mindset: how they look at life. Some days are better than others. Life throws us off balance. Very often, it’s not even you fault. Nonetheless, you’re the one stuck with it.
But if something is not working out the way you wanted it… What’s your reaction?
- Come up with an alternative solution?
- Do something else to get you closer to solving the problem?
- Blame external factors?
- Wait for certain things to happen, claiming you can’t move on until something changes?
The problem with the last 2 is that they place the blame on an external factor. Your life depends on what happens to you. You are basically a playing puppet. You just react to what others do. In this way, you can never seize control of your own life, and will always be stuck in a reactive life.
Seize control of your life and act in the best way possible. It’s not the circumstances that define your life, but rather how you react to setbacks and hard times. We’re all dealt a different hand, but how you play it is up to you.
Voor deze week doen we het ietsje moeilijker: we maken er een monster workout van! Kan jij ze afwerken?
Nogmaals welkom aan coach Maarten! Home workout 8 is een full body challenge met een bovenlichaam-onderlichaam en core oefening
A lot of people struggle with finding the time to work out. How can you get out of this? There are only 24 hours in a day?
Take control of your schedule or it will take control of you. By failing to plan what is really important to you, you will "not find time for it" because there will always be something else that pops up and you want to "quickly take care of". Eventually it will leave you feeling like you are always busy and catching up, feeling overwhelmed and fixing sudden problems. Most of these sudden problems are not even really that important.
People who are succesful at this, made an important mental switch: they went from a reactive to a proactive mindset. They scheduled in time for something that is important to them: health. Exercising never feels like it is "urgent", because you can always delay it to the next day. That doesn't make it less important though.
Realize what's really important in your life and act accordingly. Not only will it free up your time, it will free up your mind.
[SOS: SHINY OBJECT SYNDROME]
Personal Training is booming. Accompanying this is the enormous amount of Instagram influencers and “experts”. As coaches, we are overloaded with new information, trends and hypes by the week. The cooler and stranger the exercise, the more likes, and the more people want to try it.
One thing never seems to turn any heads however: the basics.
Human movement consists of a few basic patterns: the squat, hinge, press, pull, sprint/run, carry, rotation and counter rotation (as also stated by Dan John and David Whitley and later modified by the StrongFirst crew). 99% of all exercises fit into one of these patterns. And for good reason: they should be the staple of any training program looking to get you fit and healthy.
Here comes the tricky part:
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
Nobody, regular person nor top athlete, should ever advance to a difficult exercise without having mastered the basics of these movement patterns. Doing a 1-legged explosive cable overhead press might be challenging, but is it really optimizing your performance in the press? Or is it taking away from it? If you can’t do a correct regular press and the 1-legged stance and explosiveness are making it harder for you to focus on the actual press, then why would you do that? It would leave you with suboptimal performance on both the balance, explosion and the press part.
Fellow coaches reading this, be aware of the trap of looking cool on Instagram. The basics are invaluable. Trading them too early for a cooler but less effective variation will leave your client impressed, but without results to show for it. A difficult exercise will not always equate to improved performance. Prioritise your client’s performance over getting 5 new followers on Instagram.
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