Making Training Accessible
There is a huge problem in the field of fitness: its been shaped by rivalries
Think about Yankees/RedSox, Knicks/Bulls (90’s style) or Ash and Gary in the prime days of Pokemon: rivalries create a relationship where no good happens on the other side. Lifting heavy, lifting fast, running slowly, running fast, dieting slowly, dieting fast.
Do you know who wins rivalries? The ones making them.
Do you know who loses? You.
The role the coaches have at Superior Athletics is to create a culture of growth and betterment for every person who comes in the door. Should this person being squatting? Should they be using a kettlebell? Could they really use more aerobic training? The role of us as coaches is to help you find the right path and the right information and cut out our own beliefs of what we feel you should do.
We want to empower athletes and every day fitness enthusiasts to explore there own fitness.
We can’t do that by forcing them to become fans of what we want. I can’t force someone to like the Mets if they aren’t cool enough to realize how dope they are (it’s cool Yankees fans, I still like you). Instead, all I want to do is expose them to information, create an environment where they can explore what it is I am showing them, and make a decision for themselves when the time is right.
When we first start training someone, we are going to impart on them what we feel is the best route for them. Coaches do this by assessing. We are trying to find out if you belong in Slytherin, HufflePuff, RavenClaw or Gryffindor. Beyond that, who you are as a person is going to define what direction we go in from there. You may have the thought process of a Slytherin but the heart of a Gryffindor, and thus we aren’t going to force you into a place that you will ultimately reject.
What Makes For A Great Training Experience?
Did you enjoy yourself?
Did you learn something?
Are we building internal confidence?
Training should be about something that builds you up and makes you feel (and ultimately look and perform) better!
This is coaching and training to empower people.
We have a young women who started training with us about 3 months ago. Her journey up until this point was spent with weights under ten pounds and heavy doses of conditioning. She had almost given up on strength training completely. Saying the typical responses “I don’t want to get bulky” or “I can’t do heavy weight”.
Within a few short weeks she could deadlift her body weight, she was swinging kettlebells and doing pull-ups. Gone are the preconceived ideas of what fitness should be, and now her path to enjoying fitness has started.
How We Did It…and How You Can Too!
Step 1: Get Some Easy Wins – Like a team in the SEC playing a team in the MAAC, we are going in expecting our starters to be out in the second half. By conquering some easier exercises in the first few sessions, we build success in the process and help ourselves build momentum. Without momentum, its easier for people to reject the difficult things that lay off in the distance and fall off from what we want to achieve.
Step 2: Set Goals – Some people will kill me for not setting goals first, but the truth is, for most people they don’t really know what they want and don’t want. We have female athletes and clients come in all the time saying how they don’t want to get bulky or lift heavy weight. With the right coach, you get some easy wins, find the possible, and then are brought to the right goals.
Step 3: Celebrate Success – Our example from above had a big day 8 weeks in. She was feeling better, looking better, and enjoying training, then she hit a PR that she never thought was possible. She deadlifted her bodyweight. She was pumped. I was pumped. She went to pay me for her session. Nope. Go buy yourself something you wouldn’t have otherwise. Spend it on you, because you have been working on YOU! I didn’t tell her to go eat her face off, instead she bought shoes she had wanted but didn’t want to part with the money. She earned them. That feels good.
Fitness should be something that builds you up and allows you to explore more of the life you have.
It shouldn’t be something that crushes you and is a struggle to get through. Find your passion. Find your success. Find your goals. Find someone to help guide you down that road.
Go kickass and be Superior