The value of having a coach is undeniable
A coach has the ability to look at the big picture, their view from the outside allows them to pick up on movement patterns, make necessary adjustments, and drive people to their maximal potential. Without a coach, making the same errors again and again can hold us back from reaching our goals or worse become injured.
With each workout, I am always focused on moving my best, keeping good form & moving with intention. Over time I have learned how my body moves, I know which movements are strong and which need a bit more focus and attention. Occasionally, limitation will hold me back. The weights will be too heavy and I will need to lighten the load, my mobility will limit getting full range of motion, or my focus will be elsewhere and I will get through the workout without really noticing how I am moving.
And then sometimes I think I am moving properly only to be told that something is a bit off.
I was in Coach Dan’s class and we were doing Kettlebell Swings, a movement I pretty much thought I had down pat. But lo and behold Coach Dan was watching with that face that says “something here is not right…your movement could be better”. And this is where, we as athletes, need to leave our ego aside and accept help.
Luckily, my ego has been crushed so many times it’s use to the beating.
So, I paused for a moment and listened to the coaching cues Dan had for me.When I got back to the kettlebell, I was more aware of my movement and took a brief second to think about how I was going to adjust. Coach Dan came back around to see my adjustments…did it make it better, worse, the same? I placed the kettlebell down and Coach Dan asked what I had done different. A quick confirmation that the changes I made actually did make the movement better and I was off to finish the rest of the workout.
Although the adjustment to my kettlebell swing was minor, I would have never picked up on it myself. I could have gone forever making this error if there wasn’t a coach looking from the outside. I doubt my movement fault would have led to injury, but I already started making connections between the errors I was making in the kettlebell swing to other movements that I tend to struggle with…could there be a connection?