Traits of A Coach's Athlete

Whenever we train a team we always discuss athletes' performances and how they present themselves. We decided to compile a list of what makes an athlete easy to work with, aka coachable. Coaches across the whole athletic world will agree that a coachable athlete beats out non-coachable any day of the week.

If you're sitting there asking yourself, "Am I non-coachable?" Then there's a good chance you might be, so here's a list of traits and behaviors every coach looks for in an athlete. We divided the two traits we find the most important into two categories and made sub-categories from there to explain each characteristic. Compare yourself to this list and ask, "Am I coachable?"

  1. Effort - possibly the most important piece of the success puzzle, do you give your full-effort every time for your team and self?
    • Hard work - every practice, every lift, every shift you're giving it your all, you're not sitting back waiting for someone else to get better or make the play.
    • Compete - are you willing to compete all of the time? If you want to be the best you need to show that all of the time, choosing when you want to try and not will only lead to one thing: doubt from a coach.
    • 0-100 (reference Drake's song) - can you turn on the jets when asked and needed to? Your coach gives you a task-you do it, no questions, no lack of effort, you give everything you have all of the time to the same degree.
  2. Attitude - this trait goes hand in hand with effort, if there's lacking effort-we guarantee there's an attitude issue as well.
    • Positive - this is having a mindset that is optimistic and is willing to keep any negativity away from the team, negativity is infectious there's no room for that on a team. Have a personal issue? Keep it away from your team and take care of it on your own.
    • Enthusiastic - energetic and excited about the tasks being performed, running drills knowing there's a reason behind them and giving it your all. An athlete that mopes is easy to point out, they're usually being shown up by the enthusiastic athlete.
    • Teammate - this is having everyone's back, a good teammate shows support and energy to everyone on the team. Don't be that guy who needs attention, so you end up not trying, bringing someone else down or not caring (that's a disease).
    • CARE - show that you give a damn, coaches notice this. Not caring is literally the worst thing you can do-first, your coach will notice and give opportunities to others, next, teammates will begin to isolate you, because let's face it...who wants to work with negative Nancy? Why show up if you're not going to try?
    • Responsible - if you're on a team you have a responsibility, do your job 100% of the time. Take ownership when you mess up and work harder to earn it back, a strong team is built by trust in one another.
    • Leader - everyone is a leader in their own way, whether you lead by voice or action, it doesn't matter. Pick others up by working hard, don't put them down.
    • Respect - you have to give to receive, showing respect to coaches, teammates, parents, everyone in your life is the easiest way to ensure respect being given back to you.
    • Body language - how do you carry yourself? If you mess up, do you hang your head or bust your ass to earn it back? If you don't want to do something, do you go half-ass or choose to not fully listen? These things are as easily seen as voicing your lack of care.

Work your ass off, bring a great attitude and you will be rewarded for your effort.

Do you have what every elite athlete has?

There's one commonality that every elite athlete possesses, it's something that could be argued as the most important aspect to their success. This commonality is called...accumulation of training years.

We stress this concept so often to our athletes and their parents-if you want future success you have to put the time in now. Accumulation of training years is the concept that all of the years/time spent practicing your skill will lead to the best/optimal athletic result. Think about every pro athlete you follow, how often do you hear them say, "Well I started when I was 14." You don't. They start young, they practiced forever and put in the work, which correlates to their success.

No athlete plays a sport not wanting success for their effort, which is why we push for younger athletes to start learning basic concepts early. The picture below shows our table of critical age periods of trainability - this table illustrates which age level will benefit from different forms of training. Every age has their optimal times to learn different skills. For example, think about a skill like coordination and a midget aged athlete - if a midget didn't take the time to develop coordination at a young age it's incredibly hard (if possible at all) to catch up to someone who started when they were 5.

A lot of times younger athletes don't realize how much the drills and practice is building towards their success, every time they're in the gym it's building their foundation. As trainers it's easy to see which athletes started at a young age, even when we're teaching exercises/lifts athletes don't have previous experience with.

For example, teaching a back squat - if you took two athletes, one who's been in the gym and worked their flexibility, body awareness and understands basic movements and the other none of the prior, 10/10 times the athlete who understand basic concepts will learn and develop the move faster. This again can be linked back to accumulation of training years, it's the lump sum of training/athletic experiences that weighs heaviest on future success.

Every concept learned and worked on will correlate to an advanced future concept. Body awareness is linked to better lifting (understanding movements/verbal cues), basic plyometrics correlate to explosive power/strength, the list goes on forever...

Athletic success has one commonality, it's the total amount of time spent practicing and training your trade. Start working today to build your future, every day counts.

The Proven Secret to Getting Stronger: Great Training Partners

Even the best training programs can fail without the right type of support. The proven secret to success is great training partners. When you’re able to be pushed past your comfort zone by others–that is when strength will greatly increase. We have what’s called the SCC (Support, Challenge, Camaraderie), it’s our foundation as to why great training partners are a must.

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Support

Motivation - Great training partners bring a positive energy, attitude and improve the gym atmosphere.

Energy - If you’re a serious athlete you know how important it is to have people surrounding you with the same driven mindset.

Spotting - Partners can help you avoid injury when handling heavy weight and help deload/load weight.

Confidence - Working with others builds your self confidence and theirs.

Keep you honest - Great training partners won’t let you forge numbers or cheat reps, they’ll keep you honest and demand persistence.

Challenge

Competition - Partners will push you to prove yourself...and them wrong.

Strengths/Weaknesses - Everyone will have their own strengths and weaknesses–having training partners shows you what you need to work on, no one wants to be the weak link.

New limits - Whether it be weight, time, reps–partners will help increase what you’re able to to do and perform.

Camaraderie

"Chi" - This is the atmosphere you and your partners create when training together, it's the energy you feel when surrounded by the right people.

Relationships - Whether your partners are teammates, friends, coaches, competition–you will build better relationships with them by training along side them.

Accountability - You and your partners have a commitment to each other when you train: time, a positive attitude and motivation are a few examples of your responsibilty to them.

“No wimping out” - Great partners won’t allow you to quit and take the easy way out. Even on your worst day a great training crew will challenge you.

Common goal - At the end of the day you’re all working towards one goal: Self Improvement.

Fun - It’s fun training with people who challenge you. Getting stronger, reaching new limits and growing is fun–especially when your partners are putting in hardwork with you.

When you train with the right group of people your results will match the energy brought to the gym. The right training group will push you past your own limits and help you accomplish your goals. We guarantee if you have training partners that follow these points you will get stronger, create a better self and build stronger relationships.