Six Pieces of Non-Fiction

1. Experience is the best teacher.  This means that actually coaching people and working alongside the good coaches is the best way to learn how to coach people.  Education must come in the form of coaching, training, reading and seminars.  In my humble opinion, the first two are the most important.

2.  Being a “Certified Personal Trainer” does not mean a damn thing.

3.  Muscle confusion is not a cutting edge training theory that ensures progress by keeping your body guessing.  It is a way to sell a program based not on scientific principles but on gimmicks.  In any training program there must be consistency with respect to exercise selection in order to develop technically sound movement patterns.  If someone is continually making gains, why overthrow their entire program?  Subtle changes in stance, grip, bench angle, etc are usually just enough.

4.  The goal of strength training is to get progressively stronger over time.  The goal of conditioning is to develop the various energy systems of the body.  This is to say that they are essentially separate entities.  Working on them individual will give you the best return.

5.  Master the basics.  Clean, squat, deadlift, bench press, standing press, pull ups, push ups, etc.  Too many people are looking for fancy dancy programs and cool exercises.  Master the basics.

6.  Nutrition tips of the day: 

                    -Eat protein, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats at every meal. 

                    -Earn your carbohydrates.

                    -Drink more water.

I know, its really cutting edge stuff here.

About dcoffin280

I am a Boston based strength and conditioning coach.

Posted on January 26, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Sound advice Dave….so water…then wine:)

  2. Never hurts to be reminded of the basics. It doesn’t have to be fancy and complicated. Thanks again Dave.

  3. Dave, what gives you the right to tell it like it is? Great post. Keep it up.

  4. I can literally hear these words coming out of your mouth.

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