Friday, November 25, 2011

Speak Up

A client comes in for a workout, you think you've delivered a great session until they casually mention at the end how their knee is really bothering them from an exercise that you had them complete. You ask which exercise, they tell you, and immediately you start thinking back to when you had them do it - it was near the top of the hour. So, not only did they not say anything, but they completed all sets and reps of the exercise that bothered them, as well as all subsequent sets and reps of exercises that you may have modified or not done at all if they had shared this with you when it was happening.

One of my professional pet peeves is when clients don't contribute to their training. Being a professional coach does not mean that I always know what's best, based on my education and field experience I know what has worked before, but every body is different. I have the ability to modify or adapt but unless a client speaks up (or is in obvious discomfort) how am I supposed to know I need to?

Clients, coaches can only help you as much you let them. If you don't share and take an active role in the pursuit of your health and wellness than we can only take you so far. If you don't provide feedback on how you're feeling, no amount of education is going to help me figure it out - I am a professional coach, not a mind reader. If you want to get the most out of your training, you need to learn how to speak up.

~ Sasha

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