Can’t Stop

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

I haven’t posted in two weeks with good reason…

I’ve been getting on with it.

I realize that I had previously been using CS as an outlet to pass on information that had begun to swell in my brain over years of physical training as, except for my own use, it was going nowhere. However, now coaching at Dundee University Boat Club, I’m able to pass on and use this information in a more relevant format. It’s one thing to simply suggest how people may wish to train over the internet – it’s another to put it to use in order to make someone’s physical performance improve.

The coaching experience over the last few months has been stellar. I’ve learned a few important things:

– It’s not about pushing someone, it’s about teaching someone to push themselves.
– Personal anecdotes, if appropriate, can be a fantastic teaching tool/motivator. It can also give athletes faith in their coach.
– When you think, you’re just thinking, when you act, it’s happening. No progress is made if you simply think about what would be best for your athletes, it’s your own responsibility to put it into action despite an athlete’s resistance.
– Related to the above, it’s important that you not only sell yourself to your athletes, but that you sell the work they’re doing – it must be worth doing or people won’t do it.
– You can’t please everyone.
– You have to be OK with being disliked in phases, appreciated in others.
– You will not be right 100% of the time.
– Coaching is not simply passing on knowledge, it is a skill to be learned as some people learn differently than others.
– Talented people should be told they “may have potential”, not that they are talented – over confidence often = lack of effort.
– Listen to your athletes – be scrutinizing. “I’m tired” can mean any number of things and may indicate anything from a lack of nutrition or motivation to over training. Ask “why?”.
– Furthermore, be confident and knowledgeable in method – if an athlete asks “why?” and you don’t have an answer, you’d better find out.
– Lastly, don’t be afraid to get pissed off if someone with potential is slacking off – let them know about it and let them know why. It’ll make the difference between being perceived as a disappointed guide (motivator) or a furious dick head (de-motivator).


As for my own training, the Sadiv method is serving me well. Time is going by, lifts are improving and confidence is growing. Adequate amounts of time are being spent recovering and, quite frankly, I’ve never enjoyed lifting as much as I am under this method.

All I can really suggest here is that you research this method and smash it – so far, there has been nothing but improvement.

I’m currently working on a personal exercise project outside of my standard lifts…but that is something I cannot reveal until a few months have passed!

Stay tuned,
Do work,
Go train.


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