More Random Thoughts on Training, Life and the Lessons Learned from Both

1.   A simple training plan done consistently is best.

2.   Forming emotional attachments to “magical” pieces of equipment (think kettlebells and TRX) is a great way to remain small and weak.  Believe it or not, it is actually ok to have more than one tool in your tool box.

3.  Young athletes should spend their time in The Weight Room (pun intended) getting stronger.

4.  If you want to lose a significant amount of body fat, stop eating garbage.  You WILL NOT out train a crappy diet.

5.  The body is comprised of joints.  Joints are meant to move.  Some more than others.  I am just saying.

6.  When in doubt, eat protein.

7.  If you do not use a range of motion for a while, your body has a funny (or not so funny) way of removing it from your proprioceptive map.  This is typically the reason why all 2 year olds can perform a full squat and most 32 year olds can not.

8.  Attitude is a part of training.  A huge part.

9.  It is best not to talk about things that you have no clue about.  Nobody is an expert on everything.  That is called being a jack of all trades and master of none and it sounds pretty lame to me.

10.  Atmosphere matters.

11.  My mom used to tell me when I was younger (and dumber), that you can be “guilty by association” if you hang around with stupid kids making stupid choices.  She was right.  I found out later on in my life that it can work the other way too.  If you hang around with strong, successful people, you have a better chance of being strong and successful.  True story.

12.  Usually when someone tells you that an exercise is bad because of this or that, chances are they probably suck at it.  Don’t contraindicate exercises, contraindicate people from exercises based on evaluation.

13.  A day in the life of a gym goer could look something like this: 

          1.  Warm up – This is the part where you are actually moving and getting warm.

          2.  Lifting – This is the part where you “pick things up and put them down” (thanks Planet Fatness).

          3.  Conditioning – This is the part where you are breathing heavy.

          4.  Cool Down – This is the part where you could be stretching and wondering why pushing Prowlers sucks so much.

About dcoffin280

I am a Boston based strength and conditioning coach.

Posted on October 2, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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