Last weekend, the entire NBS team and I, had an amazing opportunity to attend the Elitefts Sports Performance Summit at Ohio State University. It was a once in the lifetime opportunity to have all of those brilliant minds together in one place. At the summit, we were lucky enough to learn from some of the best strength coaches, nutritionists and chiropractors in the country. We learned about everything from strength training, nutrition and movement evaluation. All the information learned will benefit my clients, as well as me as a coach. On the ride home, I had some time to reflect on what I learned and how I am going to apply that knowledge to my training style and philosophies.
What did I learn?
- Never stop learning. It is important that you never stop learning or trying to improve. You must continue to seek knowledge and experience. This not only benefits you as a professional, but also benefits your athletes and clients.
- Not everything goes according to plan. As a strength coach, it is your job to have an organized plan for every client, no matter his or hers goals. We plan out stretching, mobility, weight training, nutrition, etc. However, it is important to understand that not everything goes as planned. No matter what the reason is, it’s important that we are able to adapt to our athlete’s training at a moments notice. There is no reason to stick to the plan if it’s not benefiting your athlete.
- There is no quick fix. You’ve heard of the saying, “slow and steady wins the race?” The same holds true when training an athlete. It is our job as strength coaches to ensure that our athletes understand and perform basic movement patterns properly and efficiently before jumping into anything complex. If we move to quickly and do not ensure that the athlete has proper mechanics, all we will be doing is promoting bad movement patterns that could lead to an injury.
- Take what you learn and learn how to apply it. It is important to take information you learn and apply it to your clients. Sometimes this requires you to think outside of the box. Not every training program is going to work for every client. Sometimes, you may not agree with the entire training program, but want to use only some of the program. Other times, you may like the basic ideas and principles of a program, but not the specific exercises. These types of situations and thinking are what enable you to teach as a coach and then in turn help you to grow.
Hopefully, this article gave some insight into what I learned this past weekend. To me, this information can help any career, not just mine. Just remember, it’s important that you never stop learning, go with the flow, realize there is no quick fix, and learn how to apply the new knowledge you’ve learned. If you do those four things, you’re started on the right path!