Why you should spend some one-on-one time with your coach

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Personal training is for newbies, right? For people who have never cleaned or snatched before, right? You don’t need personal training. You have been doing this stuff for three years now. Right?

Not so fast…

Personal training isn’t just for people going through our fundamental program learning the movements for the first time. Even veterans can, and should, meet with their coach for one-on-one training once a month, every six weeks, or at the very least once every quarter.

Think about it this way: The absolute best athletes in the world in every sport all have coaches, (where as amateur athletes often don’t). So get it out of your mind that you have been here for three years and no longer need a coach.

As a MadLab member gym, one of the backbones of our business is the concept of having a coach for life! And we mean it! The intention was never to graduate you to group classes and never hang out again. The point is to keep the relationship going, for the sake of your ongoing, ever changing fitness.

5 Reasons WHY you should keep working with your coach



    When you first start training, improvements are fast and furious. Every single day is a new personal best. But after a certain amount of timeone year for some, three years for othersyour improvements will start to slow down.

    World-renowned coach, James FitzGerald of OPEX Fitness in Arizona explained this plateau-ing has to do with how your central nervous system develops.

    Once your central nervous system becomes more developed, it gets harder and harder for your body to adapt quickly,FitzGerald said.

    In other words, the more fit you become, the more developed your central nervous system will become, and when it does it gets harder to make strength gains, power gains, aerobic gains by following a general physical preparedness (GPP) program (as most gyms do).

    Hope is not lost, though!

    Gains CAN and will still happen for you. Its just that eventually your training needs to become at least a little bit more specialized, FitzGerald explained. So if youre plateau-ing, its time to include more specific pieces in your training to drive specific adaptionsbe strength gains, power or conditioning. And most likely, this will involve focusing on your weaknesses.

    Getting together with your coach will help him/her and you figure out what your next steps should be, and come up with a plan to ensure you continue to move forward with your fitness. It doesnt mean you need to stop coming to group classes; you might just have a bit of extra work to squeeze in each week.


    When you were first learning how to snatch, the cues you received were probably more big-picture,almost generic technical corrections. But the more technical you become, the more fine-tuning you will need from a coachand its hard to get that in a group class of 20 people.

    A coach telling the class to get full hip extension on a clean, or explaining what a muscle clean is, will eventually lose its effect on your technical development after two years. What you need instead is someone to work with you on the finer points of the movementon perfecting your set-up, your angles, your second pull, the list goes on. You better believe the best weightlifter in the world has a coach.


    eteran athletes are masters at working around an injury, instead of fixing the problem. Sometimes they get away with it (and it goes unnoticed) because they know their bodies, so they modify movements during workouts, and find ways to avoid feeling the nagging painand to avoid looking like theyre in pain.

    Stop working around the injury; make an appointment with your coach to give your some tools to fix whatevers going on. He can give you warm-up drills and accessory work to help you iron out any muscle imbalances going on that might be contributing to the problem.

    Not only that, if there are certain movements you DO need to avoid, your coach can help provide you with the best movement alternatives, so youre getting the most out of each session.


    Checking in with one of our coaches periodically, serves to ensure that whatever your goals are they are being continually worked on and don’t fall by the wayside as can sometimes happen. Dedicated sessions to work on weaknesses or attack new goals is a great way to improve!

    Having a session booked in your calendar with a coach is another great way to hold you accountable and make sure that you get to the gym! With the group classes it’s easy to take your name off of the list and not come if you’re not in the mood but when someone’s waiting on you specifically to show up at a certain time that changes things! The incentive of not letting someone down is powerful.


    Working with your coach is the best way to figure out how you should be approaching whatcoming up in classes. For example, if the next focus is going to be a 6-week cycle squat cycle, your coach can give you some direction as to how to approach it.

    Similarly, if a lot of overhead work is coming up in the next month of classes, and you struggle going overhead, your coach can provide you with some great preparation and accessory work, and possible substitutions if need be, for whats coming up in classes.

    What your coach does with you, of course, will change as you change.

    Or to put it this way, as a client said: Im not the same person I was 20 years ago. My needs change as I age, so why would I want to navigate that on my own? I wish more people would recognize the importance of having long-term fitness goals. Its your whole body. Youre going to have it your whole life, so why would you not try to take care of it? And why would you try to do it on your own?

    Dont try to do it on your own; thats why you got a coach in the first place! Use him. Or her.


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