Aug 22 2014

Rob’s Rant: What Real Coaches Do.

I commented on a post the other day about someone writing an article on how to get jacked arms when they (the author) themselves have the arms the size of a Ken Doll.

Some people think well as long as they know the science and methodology to get it done that is enough….

I have a big problem with that……………..

One that writes in such ways without they themselves being jacked OR having numerous case studies of clients THEY themselves worked with on becoming jacked in fact proves that they know jack shit on the topic at hand.

Yes a coach doesn’t have to be an elite basketball player to become a good coach, but John Wooden displayed a lot of micro successes before the HUGE success he became legendary known for at UCLA.

Angelo Dundee trained a world champion in former light heavyweight king Willie Pastroni and worked with former welterweight and middleweight forever beloved king Carmen Basillio albeit a cut man learning on the job before working with Willie and both before training Ali and of course Ali before training Sugar Ray Leonard.

You see where I’m going here? Successes before the big success. Proof and a fine display of coaching competence.

A degree doesn’t guarantee success in the real world as much as these loan shark educational institutions lead one to believe.

A kid can cheat their way through school, just memorize the curriculum, yet be lost in the real world, suck at what they are supposed to be educated on.

Anyone can read all the great texts like Super Training, Science of Sports Training, Science & Practice Of Strength Training etc etc and write articles with that science and methodology….

The truth is…….. There are good authors and those that are great at coaching, displaying what they really know beyond a pretty well writhen paper. The REAL truth if you will.

Today more than ever you have fat, lazy, don’t workout a bit trainers writing articles on health, well being, being hardcore, wanting it, success, how to get ripped etc etc… Yet the truth is………If you cannot discipline yourself how can one discuss success???? Success starts with yourself.

I do not listen to small, weak, trainers/coaches discussing strength training and how to get jacked if they themselves have never been under a heavy bar, workout now, are even marginally strong/ at least fit, OR have athletes who are strong and thriving off what the coach knows. Or trainers who work a day job discuss business, how to grow it, etc when they themselves don’t embody the nature of a true entrepreneur, calculated risk taking by being in the jungle of business.

Simple logic.

In an era where everyone wants to be an expert without first putting in the work to truly resemble/display their competence you have this new species of quasi coaches.

Ever meet a coach in person you have seen dropping knowledge online with a super hero personality and be shocked on how drab and little they in fact do know in person?…………

Yea………….

The truth is not in their online work but what lies within their gyms… The living truth.

An expert is helping/ changing themselves with what they have feverously studied and changing the lives of others NOT just writing about what has worked for other coaches/athletes while they themselves have displayed no proof of competence with the material/methodology at hand.

Do that and THEN write. I for sure will be interested in your piece.


Jun 23 2014

Rob’s Rant: Do This To Truly Know Your Craft.

While I’m an avid reader and consider myself very well read, I take that with a grain of salt since I do own a gym, train real people and athletes and have been in this industry (strength/conditioning since 2001 and boxing since I was 14 having learned MORE from hands on internships, traveling to learn from strength coaches who work with top level athletes, boxing trainers who’s gyms I have visited and brains I’ve picked.

And really tying that together lock tight by working out myself at a pretty high level that I have reached through an accumulation over the years, not a damn macro cycle or an annual non practical pretty to the T laid out plan.

Those that stay in the gym REALLY learn and know training.

So for those that are well read that’s nice. But spend more time learning from coaches in the real world who have BEEN successful over the years.

ANYONE can write a book and seem like a genius behind it. BUT…. What are they themselves doing with the info? Can THEY coach? Can they bring the science they study into a practical manner in the gym? If not, and there are some who can’t. How good really are they?

Coaching is an art that is honed through hours and hours of experience. I belief in and respect the 10,000 hours rule.

Just because someone reads a lot of books just means that. They read a lot of books. That doesn’t mean they can coach or are good.

I believe in WHAT I SEE.

What can you do with what you know?

Spend more time learning from coaches who are doing what other authors steal from them, twist it to their own, and repackage into a product they sell.

I cannot respect a parrot trainer. Who just regurgitates training methodology online or into info products.

I respect and put full faith in quality coaches who produce and are honed in the art of coaching from their time spent in the gym , reading, AND their own training.

I FULLY believe that you truly learn something at a more intimate and intense level once partaking in it.

Now I’m not saying boxing coaches should compete, or strength coaches should go break world records. I’m saying workout! Just TRAIN. Don’t ask and demand of others what YOU cannot bring out of YOURSELF. I’m saying they would be better coaches if they worked out and even light sparred, growing closer to what they teach or think they know and they would truly then believe in what they do.

Training offers that education in such a way that books and seminars never will.

I mean for coaches who do not work out at any level how can they fully understand training?

So read a lot. But also travel to learn from those that coach,  and have mastered the art, watch them, soak it up, and then fully immerse yourself into training by working out, educating yourself.

That’s knowing what you study in and out.


Oct 18 2012

The Art Of Coaching.

Here’s a post I shared on my facebook page about the art of coaching in my opinion. Let me know if you have any thoughts by posting a comment below.

Coaching is such an art and craft. Those of use that own gyms or train athletes/students understand this very well. The difference in communicating with pro athletes to amateurs to early teenagers to pre teens to 6-9 years olds of both genders can be fascinating and you learn and strengthen your coaching skills this way. Just tonight little 7 hear old Trey expressed his reluctance in sparring to hit Amari cause he said he was his friend and he was embarrassed and how I had to coach him to adjust/change his emotions to competitive camaraderie (in a way he understood) sportsmanship and confidence in front of people.

That’s a different approach when I’m communicating sparring stress with a NHL hockey player, pro fighter, adult student, or teen and pre teen. I think it’s hilarious and a mistake when I hear some trainers scoff and say they only really want to train pro athletes… Really? Then you will be a half ass coach and communicator. Trainers like that will never fully develop in my opinion. Coaching from the youth up is an amazing experience and you build a great well rounded coaching back bone. I feel to work with a nice mixture like this keeps you sharp and steady learning. Athletes & fighters sometimes forget that we coaches are always learning too or growing stale. I’m with the former and steady growth.