The Secrets


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.

6-    Smile.

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.

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15 Responses to “The Secrets”

  1. Hi there,
    I agree with a list above – also pretty entertaining.
    HOWEVER, to me, there should be a little bit about knowing the basics of strength training/of your job, your main exercises, correct technique and teaching it (namely your basic “tool boox”), ie squat, c&j, snatch, presses, swings AND then what to do with them.

    In my humble opinion 🙂

  2. mboyle1959 Says:

    Jesse- remember this is how to succeed as a young strength coach. I can tell you most days a devote as much time to lunch as it takes to drink a shake. I also “train” about 15 minutes a day.

  3. Eating lunch is a waste of time? YIKES!

    Don’t waste time training? Yikes! (Where’s the work- life balance)

  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    I liked Wheat Belly but consider it a weight loss book. I’d still recommend the 5 sandwiches for weight gain and reduce grain everywhere else.

  5. Chris Collins Says:

    Awesome advice Mike. One more I would add is to imagine hiring someone to work with your own mother. Your goal should be to provide that high standard for all of your clients.

  6. Great pointers Mike! Much appreciated. Question for you. In light of my reading of William Davis’ book titled, “Wheat Belly”, I no longer eat wheat. Too genetically modified for my tastes along with many other things. Take a look at it if you have not yet. It may help a lot of your PT clients. In light of that what do you suggest athletes eat to gain weight as you mentioned 5 PBJ sandwiches a day the last time I saw you mention it in a post. You input would be appreciated.

  7. Exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks Coach! Hopefully there’s more of these ‘secrets’ in the future post!

  8. Exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks Coach!

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