Friday, January 20, 2012

Be Coachable

I have a tendency to ask people opinions about my form on stuff, on the lifts. I only ask it of people whose opinion I trust, like my staff, like Kirk Karwoski, like Marty Gallagher, like Rob Wagner. But one thing I found out was that if you dont want the truth, don't ask. Kirk tore up my deadlift one day and Wagner has given me plenty of critiques in days past. And when I get criticized I get irritated and hot and damn, it bothers me. But you have to take it, it is essential for improvement.

A few instances recently made me look at my training.

For awhile there, my squats were not so great. I knew this because Stephen Brindle and Tracy Zimmer, my fellow coaches, where like, those are....okay  after I had finished a set. Then I videotaped it and saw that they were high. Nosebleed high. Unacceptable. Put the ego in the pocket. Start over.. I moved my stance in, added more warmup sets and got my butt down there. I started with 225 and went from there. Do it right.

I was also becoming way too dependent on my belt.  I am not a "no belt" fanatic by any means but I started using it as a crutch instead of when the weight was a limit weight. I had to have it all of the time, even on some warmups. When I revamped my squats, I started training at home where I didn't have a belt, and it was fine, it felt better without it after a few days. When I came to this realization, I tossed the belt aside. I want to be able to go anywhere, anytime and not have a belt or a bunch of stuff to carry just so I can train. Now my abs and low back feel stronger.

I have been training for 30 years and I am still learning-both from others and from my own mistakes.There is always somebody out there more knowledgeable. My advice is to seek them out and have them look at your form, your program, whatever. Then suck it up, digest what they have to say, and implement  the changes.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a year...it's for life. Whether its training or your family or your job...it doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.