You are only one or two weeks out from a contest.
Your coach has you on a strict “taper” to prepare you to lift your best. (FYI, a taper is a deload that is specifically structured to make sure that the day of the meet, you will kick ass.)
And you decide … like the impulsive hardcore athlete that you are …
“What the Hell? I’m going to do (INSERT STUPID WORKOUT HERE) just for fun. It can’t be THAT bad. I’ll be fine … and besides, my coach is too strict anyway. What a fuddy duddy.”
The day of the contest comes … And you either bomb out, or you lift like crap and wonder, “How did that happen?”
It happened because your coach knows what they are doing, and you don’t. Your coach told you to stick to the taper – it was a good plan – and you didn’t follow it.
The entire reason you HAVE a coach is so that they can keep you down a path you didn’t even know existed. Coaches aren’t there to “motivate” you, or be your cheerleader. They aren’t there to yell at you. They aren’t there to hold your hand.
A good training partner can give you those things.
A coach exists to outline for you the right course of action, and to make FOR YOU decisions that will make or break your progress.
In the early beginning, they make really simple decisions about your technique, and how to move, etc. But in the long run, they are making bigger choices about what you are and are NOT allowed to do to reach the goals you told them you wanted to reach
Athletes are a surprisingly subjective bunch. They get really caught up in the moment. They focus on the trees.
Coaches are there to be objective and pay attention to the forest.
When in doubt, do what you’re told … or if you are following a system (without a coach) stick to the system.
You can experiment and play around during the “off season”. But contest time is NOT the time to get creative. Do exactly what is written (or told to you) and nothing else.
You’ll thank me when you’re older.
Speaking of coaching …
Tomorrow, Tamara and I are raising our rates again for our coaching group … today is your last chance to get in at this (crazy) low rate:
Now go lift something heavy,