When a workout is programmed (or created), there is almost always an intended stimulus in mind. This means that the coach writing it likely expects the work to be completed within a certain time frame. When athletes complete workouts, they’re not always aware of these goals, or given specific things to strive for in their efforts. Does this matter?

If you walked in the gym and saw the workout of the day was Helen (3rds of 400m run, 21 KB swings, and 12 pull-ups), what would you think? Would you look at the movements and decide whether or not you could them, and do them at the weight they’re prescribed? Would you think about your previous PR and whether or not you’d be able to beat it? Would you simply think about whether or not you like the movements in the workout?

Does the thought ever entire your mind about how long a workout “should” take an athlete? Maybe some days are more or less important than others to scale up (or down) in order to finish within a particular window of time?

Should coaches play an active role in explaining those types of things to athletes, or is our role simply to make sure no one gets hurt?

These are questions that are really important to me, and I’d love to hear what you think about this topic. Check out the video below, and then…. let’s chat!

  1. Miloca says:

    I would prefer always to know the workout my intention. I would chance completely my own motivation and how I would do it… thanks, another great video!

    • Smashby says:

      I’m glad to hear that it would help. I always wonder if it’s a bad idea to ASK the coach for that feedback. I know certain coaches who have been defensive if an athlete asks that before a class. I don’t think that’s a proper reaction at all, especially since ***that’s what the coaches are there for***, ya know?
      I always want athletes to have a plan going into each workout! Thanks, Milena!

  2. Eric Marshall says:

    I love hearing the overall intention of a work out (i.e. heavy or light, unbroken or 3 sets max) and feel as though I have a good handle on what weight, scaled version and pace I need to achieve those intentions. However, I genuinely appreciate it when my weight is challenged (up or down) or specific pace is recommended by a coach that has taken then time to pay attention to my fitness level. That says a lot about a coach and ultimately builds loyalty! 5:00 am loyalty…I’m not there yet. 😉

    • Smashby says:

      I love that comment. I know the expectation, but sometimes need the push to go a little more, or the suggestion to reel it in a bit. That’s great. Always such a good student, and really good feedback for how coaches could be adding value. Thanks, Eric!

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