I love this word.
It expresses how I live my life, how I tackle any task, and how I seek to better myself. On a daily basis it refers to how I coach and how I believe we should all be coaching.
Everyone has that stigma in their head of the PT who coaches like an army drill sergeant, yelling “CHEST TO THE GROUND”, within inches of their client’s head and demanding every set to exhaustion. Generally speaking, this portrayal carries negative connotations and isn’t something I want associated with my own coaching technique. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good yell, but in a more, “you’ve got this” type of fashion, rather enjoying the repeat business of my clients so I can pay my rent and feed my cat (Graham).
But I think that sometimes we can be relentless about the wrong things.
Too often I see coaches and trainers not stop clients when they execute an exercise with poor technique. Teaching your body to move takes time and repetition, It’s frustrating to see some trainers and coaches would want to aggravate that by putting additional weight into the clients hands further enforcing the errors of that movement, or demand one more rep when the previous nine had poor execution at best.
It’s important in our roles as coaches and trainers that we are setting our client up for success, I would rather see someone doing air squats with a stick and great technique than with a stack of weights, it’s often unsafe and could potentially cause them more harm than good.
Be relentless with your encouragement and motivation, be relentless with technique and with what you expect from your clients and gym members. Don’t automatically praise someone’s personal record if it was done using incorrect technique. You can be a hard-ass without wearing camo and you can demand quality movement from the people you train and still be liked and respected. It may be the longer road to achievement, but that eventual achievement will be worthy of praise and only the beginning of what that person with a now solid foundation can accomplish.
Encourage your clients and members to enjoy the process of getting better, of seeing small improvements each week and overall advances in mobility, technique, and strength, pretty much in that order. In a word of instant gratification clients expect immediate results, it’s our job as coaches and trainers to set achievable goals in realistic time periods.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built every day. Love the process and the results will come.