Drive Time with Smashby: I Feel Like I’m Taking Crazy Pills

Posted: July 6, 2018 in CrossFit, Training
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One of my favorite parts of being a coach/personal trainer is being able to see your athletes improve through their hard work!

A really funny part of coaching is when you give an athlete a cue on how to improve a particular skill, and then a few days or weeks later having them share “this brand new cue they heard” from somewhere else …. that is the exact same cue you gave them previously. It happens more often than you might think.

There are so many factors that explain why moments like this happen (information overload or ineffective cuing from the coach, athlete physical and mental fatigue, the list goes on), but they can each be used as a learning experience if you let them!

What do you think about what I have to say on the topic? I’d love to know!

  1. Ben Deal says:

    When the student is ready….the teacher will appear

    Way to go brother

    • Smashby says:

      Love this comment. Thanks, Ben! It’s so fun to realize that this whole trainer/coach/athlete/teacher/student game never ends. That is literally what life is, where I constantly strive to learn and help others the best that I can. Happy Monday, and thanks for your input!

  2. Fran says:

    Loved this video!

    Often times, it genuinely is the athlete, not the coach. For me, personally, I often don’t hear things the way that others do (I think you know exactly what I mean)…kind of a difficult kid. ha The fact that you are accepting responsibility of how you could transfer the message in a way that the athlete would “get it,” is awesome! This is what makes an incredible coach/human! And this is why I always thrived at being an athlete when coached by you!

    BEST coach EVER — for so many reasons!

    • Smashby says:

      Fran, so great hearing from you!

      I completely respect your point and perspective, but that’s one area where you and I have always differed. You use phrases like “difficult kid” to describe yourself. Instead, assuming the athlete really wants to learn, it’s the coach’s JOB and challenge to find a better way to explain things.That’s why the athlete is trusting us with their health/wellness/fitness in the first place! This learning thing never ends for us, so as long as you’re along for the ride, know I will be too! You’re great.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on this and share your thoughts! I appreciate you!

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