Never Be Your Own Coach

"If you coach yourself, you have an idiot for a client" -Dan John

Let us help you.

Let us help you.

We always advise people to never coach themselves.  I myself write workout programs for others, but I don't coach myself.   

Coaches have an outside perspective.  They are (or at least should be) willing to tell you what you don't want to hear, or to prescribe training that you don't want to do.  Coach yourself, and you run the risk of staying in your comfort zone, never straying into the training that you are not as good at (and therefore need).  

Real humility is knowing what you are good at and what you are not.  And recognizing when others are better than you at something, (or simply can see something you do not).  

The Fallacy of Talking to the Big Guy

Everyone's done it.  Whether in the gym or online, guys ask the biggest/strongest guy they know what they do, and then they try to copy it.  But that's wrong for two very big reasons:

  1. His training has evolved.  If he is successful now, it probably took him a long time to figure out what worked for him.  That may not work for you, at least where you are currently.  Furthermore, your goals may be quite different than his, much as you'd like to be the big guy in the gym.
  2. A paraplegic could be a good coach.  That's not a joke or an insult, it's a fact.  Someone physically incapable of doing things that you want to do could know full well what works, and be capable of planning smart ways to get from A to B in your training plan.  That big guy might be strong, but might not be able to help you find the course of action that you will respond to well in getting you moving.  His physical ability doesn't necessarily mean he will be of much help to you.  

After recovering from a spinal surgery, I have a renewed commitment to ensuring that everything I do, I do with the most perfect form possible.  It's what I tell others to do, I need to follow my own advice.  And so I have gone to others for help and for their outside perspective.  This is just one example- I have received coaching and help along the way from many people.  

No matter where you are in your training, there is always benefit in allowing the outside perspective of a coach re-shape what you do to keep you on track.  

Posted on April 14, 2014 .