The Problem with Online Coaching:
Weightlifters are not getting any better. They have been training at the same level for years without improvement or even decline.
Because they don’t need it! The problem with online coaching is that it’s all too easy to get sucked into a trap of useless advice from people who haven’t trained seriously in many years.
There are so many things wrong with this situation that I’m surprised there aren’t more complaints about it. But then again, maybe most people just don’t want to hear it.
They’re busy trying to improve their own skills and compete against other lifters instead of worrying about how others are doing it. And if they do complain, they usually dismiss them as being jealous or having some sort of inferiority complex.
I’ve had several conversations with people who were complaining about the lack of good online coaches. One of my friends was one of those people.
She complained constantly about her inability to improve her lifts and she wasn’t alone in that belief. I tried to explain that the reason why no one else seemed to be improving was because they weren’t listening to what she actually did right and wrong when it came time to train.
I told her she should film herself and send it to me. She’d been training at the same gym for years and never had a single weightlifting related injury.
I knew that if she sent me video of her lifts, I could figure out what she was doing right and wrong because it would be painfully obvious.
She didn’t send the video though, not then nor anytime soon afterwards. She just kept making excuses why she couldn’t do it.
Months passed and we eventually stopped talking to each other. It’s a shame really because if she could have improved her form just a little bit, she might have been able to break that plateau she seemed stuck on.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know that some circumstances prevent people from being able to do certain things. I also understand not wanting to send a video of yourself lifting because you’re insecure about how you look or just plain old privacy concerns.
What I don’t get is people who have no apparent issues and still find reasons to not do things. It’s especially frustrating when something is brought to their attention that they could be doing but instead of being open minded about it, they dismiss the information without even thinking about it.
I’ve seen this happen countless times with various weightlifting related info and concepts yet nothing has been done about it for a long time now.
It’s like people don’t even care about getting better. There’s too much focus on beating other people instead of focusing on beating your own records.
It’s the same mentality of children who are more concerned about keeping up with the Joneses rather than paying attention to their own needs and interests. This is especially true with teenagers and young adults. I mean I get it, when I was that age, I was the same way.
I’ve started to see a shift in the past couple of years though. It’s very subtle but it’s there.
Younger lifters are starting to focus a bit more on themselves rather than what everyone else is doing. I give a lot of credit to Starting Strength for this because it encourages people to actually think about their own personal situation and what they need to do to improve rather than just following a routine like a drone.
I would never tell anyone that they are doing anything wrong because everyone needs to find their own way. But I will say this, if you’re a younger lifter or just starting out and you’re not interested in weightlifting for yourself but rather how it can help you achieve your own unrelated goals, then you need to seriously reconsider why you started in the first place.
Even I have had my moments of thinking about things too much which has made me lose sight of why I like powerlifting in the first place. It’s not always easy to stay focused on yourself when all you hear about is how much someone else can lift or what meet is going on or even what federation you should join.
All of that stuff is irrelevant if you’re not even doing it for the right reasons to begin with.
Don’t Just Understand the Why, But Also the How
Now I’m not saying you need to join a squat regiment or anything like that, but you should have an idea of what works for you and what doesn’t.
I’ve been doing this for a while now so I don’t forget how much I hate going into the gym not knowing what the hell I’m going to do that day. I really don’t like having “off” days in the middle of a cycle either because I just feel like I’m doing something wrong even though that’s not necessarily true.
I used to go to the gym and just wing it but there were times when I would be in such a bad mood afterwards because I hadn’t worked certain parts of my body that needed it. Not only that, but there were some lifts that I hated doing and as a result, I didn’t give them enough attention.
Not anymore though. I have a loose layout of what I’m going to do for the week and I don’t stray from it even if I feel like something else would be a better use of my time.
Because I found out that you can’t rely on how you feel on any given day. Some days are great and some days are just down right awful, but as long as you’re making consistent progress over a longer period of time then that’s all that matters.
What’s funny is that I used to believe that only lazy people or people with no ambition would rely on a routine. But after trying it myself and seeing the benefits, I’ve come to really appreciate having a basic guideline of what to do.
I don’t follow it to a tee, but I have found that lifters often thrive the most when they do similar things each time they train because it takes away any sort of decision making that would otherwise cause unnecessary stress on the mind.
If the bar speed slows down or you’re starting to get really tired, you just need to figure out if it’s something needing to be addressed in your next training cycle; granted, if you’re unsure then maybe it’s time to seek the advice of a coach.
In any case, just know that routines are not a bad thing and if anything they will help you become more consistent which is what you should be striving for anyway.
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MW5 Steel Factory Electric Magnetic Lifter for Lifting Scraps by JC Burgatti, RA Lacerda – Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP, 2009 – syrex.com.ph
Educational Mobile Coaching: Exploring Adoption Patterns and Barriers by S Cacho-Elizondo, N Shahidi, V Tossan – archives.marketing-trends-congress …
Us Smart WiFi APP Control Electric Curtain Switch by JC Burgatti, RA Lacerda – Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP, 2009 – syrex.com.ph