A young strength coach emailed me today and asked the secrets to becoming a great strength coach so I started a list:
1- Get up early. The old expression “if you snooze you lose” is literal. The thing you lose most is time to get better.
2- Show up for work early. Be at least five minutes early and get to work setting up and making everyone’s life easier.
3- Stay late at work. Clean up and set up for tomorrow’s session.
4- Do more than is asked of you every day. Never walk by a wrapper on the floor. If the bathroom is dirty, clean it. People notice extra effort.
5- Care, about everything. Nothing is too small. Every kid, every client matters.
7- Learn names.
8- Brush your teeth every morning and after lunch. There is absolutely nothing worse than being coached by someone with bad breath.
9- Floss. See above.
10-Use deodorant. Body odor is a close second to bad breath.
11-Wear clothes that fit. Look professional, not like you escaped with your little brother’s ( or sister’s) clothes.
12- Read 1 hour a day ( split between self help and professional stuff)
13- Don’t waste time eating lunch. An exception is lunch with a colleague you don’t know well.
14-Don’t waste time on the internet. The internet is useful but who cares what someone had for breakfast.
15- Don’t waste time training ( do what you need to do, it’s not about you anymore)
16- Condition with your athletes but don’t lift with them. Lifting with them is a distraction. Conditioning with them is true bonding.
17- Take out your facial piercings. People judge so get used to it.
18- Resist the urge to get a tattoo, or resist the urge to get another tattoo. See above.