Just as the sporting realm has changed radically so has the coaching profession. Where sport once represented community and the love of the game, all too often it is now dominated with talk of marketing efforts and international commerce. This echoes the coaching world where the once the fraternity of ‘building leaders’ has been besieged with those more intent upon clever marketing and in-fact having little knowledge of developing athletes, much less important providing important character building lessons.
The first act of a coach is well before the 5 a.m. start of the day and acceptance you have a responsibility to safeguard the health and welfare of your athletes. Part of this equation is respecting the powerful influence you can have upon their lives and therefore embrace attitudes of health, diet and fitness that will carry forward throughout their days. Thirdly, help develop important character traits. Completing a training session isn’t the true victory but rather it is the athlete understanding they can overcome adversity.
These are merely the starting grounds of coaching but of critical importance. Be responsible with your actions and each word for we as coaches have the ability to build leaders of tomorrow.
Leadership class requires the stern lesson and one that I studied as a young boy who wasn’t supposed to get out of the hospital bed, ‘things worth having are worth working for’.
General points of exercises to consider with a Training Complex
USPlabs Power Cardio 3
Rest 60 seconds and repeat 5 sets
How to perform Cossack Squats
Prepared by John Davies
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