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2.19.2012

Rules of Engagement

The Willing Coach And The Willing Athlete Need Rules Of Engagement                   

Anytime you are trying to better your greatest effort it is not easy.  Systematic progressive exercise requires a determined attempt each time you enter the weight room.  Organized programs are tough and to steadily make improvement, ‘Only your best is good enough’.  Improvement means beating your own personal records in order to adapt and grow.

Good coaches require excellence.  Having an off day, not into a workout, tired, distracted, personal issues brought to the weight room are not options.  Each time an athlete enters a facility the ‘willing’ coach and the ‘willed’ athlete need Rules of Engagement.

Rules of Engagement are clearly defined responsibilities and operational constraints by a coach and player.  Nothing in the rules set by the coach and administrative staff limits the right of the athlete or coach to stop an exercise if he or she feels there is risk.

Seated Shrug

Simple rules to think about for the athlete and coach are:

*If an exercise looks dangerous it is

If you see an exercise and the risk outweighs the reward choose something else.

*Spotters are not for safety

Spotters are for encouragement, coach and extending exercise.  A power rack and exercise devices have built in safety mechanisms.  All exercise have an inherit risk, but should not be dangerous enough to worry about safety.  Millions and millions lift every day without spotters.  Spotters are to augment exercise.

*All types of stress cause changes

Exercise is a stress and causes your body to change.  The stresses can be positive or negative

*Purpose of training is improvement

Exercise is to help you physically and mentally, not to hurt you

*Never confuse activity with success

The value of exercise cannot be underestimated or overestimated.  Because you exercise it does not guarantee success.  Having Rules of engagement keeps exercise purposeful

Pendulum Dual Rack

* Get Strong

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