This blog post will be prefaced by me saying:
NPR did an interview with Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif of Iran about our relationship with his country. He said something very interesting to me.
"Those who begin a war can not end it." Meaning history has a trend of countries who begin wars are typically not the same country to end that war. Which makes sense, unless we were under the impression that we "won". But, if we're not conquering (and I still believe we are but that's another topic for another day after I understand this concept more thoroughly than I do currently) then how did we win? How did they win? What does winning a war look like?
I'd love to know your thoughts on this. Please keep in mind any derogatory language, slurs, or personal feelings about the country in the interview will be removed and banned immediately. I have no time for that nonesense.
Keep it civil. Let me know what you think.
If I were to be completely honest, I put a lot of stock into my masters degree. The book reading clinical part of my degree. At the end of the day, that is what I am trained to do. I am designed to be a clinical exercise physiologist, and I'm not upset about that. I am still proud of the work it took to earn that degree. However, I wish someone would have told me that it wasn't mandatory. Or, you know, maybe they did tell me but I had it so ingrained in my know-it-all 20 year old brain that more degrees meant more prestige. When I completed my graduate program it was 2008. In hindsight, that degree probably saved me for those two rough years. Everyone else I knew couldn't get a job or was laid off. I was climbing the ladder. Not because of what my degree taught me, but because of that piece of paper itself. Then it bit me in the ass. I stepped out of that career and all of a sudden I was hunting for entry level jobs and no one wanted to hire me because of that piece of paper. They didn't want to pay me what they thought I was worth. Was I flattered? Sure. Frustrated? Absolutely. So I started leaving it off of my resume. Weird how that works.
So what did my degree teach me about coaching? Nothing. I mean, minus my extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, otherwise nothing. Then if you include the years of "if you don't use it you lose it" kicked in. Being a receptionist doesn't translate well into the coaching world, BUT I did get very good at data entry. I can use a number pad like nobody's business.
What does all of this mean? I am becoming a good coach, and I want to become a great coach, and to do that I must dive in. It means more years of practical application. More years of trying things, failing, succeeding, and zoning in on my niche. Actually, I'm pretty sure I've found my niche and now I'm in that fine tuning stage. It almost feels like my business runs parallel with my jiu jitsu career. I'm at that purple belt stage of I know my game, I know my style, and now it's time to apply, apply, apply.This is the fun part. The part where all the light bulbs are going off, and the simplest things become gospel. On that note, here are a few things I have learned about coaching:
Finally, coaches have coaches. Some of THE BEST advice I have gotten has been from a few select people, and that is because they are in the trenches as well. I hope you all have a great day. <3
How many of you enter into the gym without a clear goal? Are you simply doing work for the sake of doing work? Just because you do the work does not mean you are adapting. If you've trained with me and your work set required 5 reps, you are expected to perform each rep to the best of your ability. Rep one should look just as great as rep 5. This requires a lot of focus. It requires a quality work mindset. This is also why if you've ever asked me "Crap, can I do that rep again?" Absolutely not. If you always get to begin again then what is the point of the work being done at all? Even on your hardest days, when will power is in the tank and you'd rather stay home, you show up to the bar (or the mats) and give yourself as much quality repetition and effort as you can. Those moments will always give you honest feedback.
Instead of beginning again and again simply stay the course. Do better. And don't do it for me. Not for society, either. Do better for you. Do better for the sweet satisfaction of mastering that task for the day. Do better for the love of striving to be better.
"More is not better. Only better is better"
As I was out walking the pup before my bench session a client asked me a question about my squat form. As a side note, I was glad they asked because every time a client asks me something it allows me to have a teaching moment both for myself and for them. Moments like these are helpful because we don't always look at small nuances in our own training. Fresh eyes are welcomed, as are questions.
It made me think of a time I asked about a woman I saw on Instagram doing a log press. After noting the weight lifted I asked, "Is that good?" to which my coach responded, "For her it may be." Her answer switched my thoughts from me comparing myself to this person I do not know to me looking internally and observing my own path.
What she meant by "for her it may be" is it's all relative to the athlete. When we watch people on social media we don't know the following:
Something you love doing causing you pain. Another reason I am starting to focus more on lifting is because my left hip hurts all the time. Just non-stop chronic pain and tightness. As I sit here writing this after an open mat, where I only went 40%, I can feel my left hip start to tighten and throb. Mentally, this makes me protect myself when I roll so I can't go as hard as I would like to go, even if going hard is only 60%. That takes a toll on the old brain meats.
This makes me feel defeated, but it also makes me problem solve. I would like to compete again the second half of this year. This means my training has to change. Cheers to solving my hips problems. Yay, mid-30's, yaaaaaaayyyy.
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