The next time I scale back your workout or tell you to shut it down early, I want you to remember this quote. I’m your coach, and I’m looking out for your best interest. We are in the results business, be that improved performance, feeling better, or looking sexier naked. Our mission is the pursuit of optimal training, not maximal training, as a means to those ends. The goal was never to feeling totally smoked post-workout, and we must never lose sight of that as we march towards those things we are training for.
“The man who trains himself has an idiot for a coach.” – Dan John
Athletes, when left to their own devices, do not train optimally. They (putting myself at the top of the list in this category) will try to train like maniacs, ignoring all warning signs of fatigue or injury, often to their own detriment. We don’t see the bigger picture of how one workout fits into the overall training program. We don’t take into account our current stress levels and relevant lifestyle factors that may affect training, and instead choose to carry on like normal. Both of these quotes are inextricably linked- the more faith you put in your coach, the more the pendulum will swing towards improved performance, feeling strong after workouts, and staying healthy over the long haul.