The mind is a powerful thing. It doesn’t take me long to realise who wants it and who doesn’t. What’s going on in someone’s head will be the difference between a successful training session and a bad one.
I have quickly learnt as a coach how much of an effect I can have on a persons mind when they are training. I know how each individual needs different types of motivation. A positive sentence can really pick someone up through a session, but it can also de motivate others. Different people need various fuel for their fires and it’s my job to find out as soon as possible what that fuel is.
I know all of the people I train pretty well now and I know during the warm up how the session is going to go. When I first started I would have a plan wrote down before every session in a small book. I have now learnt that it’s no good to have just one plan. Each time I train someone now I am mentally prepared with ‘back up’ training systems to suit the individual depending on how I think they are going to react to the session.
Some days the best trainee will turn up and be an absolute beast but on the odd chance they may have had a really bad day at work or have far too much going on in their personal life to put full effort into a training session.
If during the warm up i can tell someone isn’t quite ‘on it’ that day i know i have some time to turn that around, if I can get them up to a point of ‘nailing’ it hard for at least 10 minutes during a ‘bad day’ I will be happy.
The easy part is creating the session. The challenging part is motivating someone when they are not motivated. Fortunately that is my favourite part.
I am going to use this post to say everyone who i train gives me 100% that they have in them on that given day. I know this because I know them now. I like to think they understand my ways as I do theirs.
“Motivation is something nobody else can give you, Others can help motivate you, but basically it must come from you, and it must be a constant desire to do your very best at all times and under any circumstances”
– Joe DiMaggio