by Central Athlete
It’s safe to say that nearly every single athlete in the Pro Division at TFG this year is working with their own coach in some capacity. They all have someone either writing their daily programming, watching and evaluating their videos, telling them when to work, when to rest and how hard to go in each specific workout.
Just to name a few Top Athletes:
Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir works with Ben Bergeron.
Matt Fraser works with Ben Bergeron.
Lauren Fisher works with CJ Martin.
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet works with CJ Martin.
Marcus Filly works with Mike Lee.
Noah Ohlsen works with Dusty Hyland.
Rich Froning works with Chris Hinshaw.
More and more athletes are beginning to realize that to win and reach their personal goals, they need a coach. They need individually designed fitness programming to get to the top because the competition is way too fierce. They need a coach every step of the way because programming, peaking, pacing, recovery, nutrition and workout strategy are all pieces of the puzzle that need to be closely monitored.
Let’s look at an example of why a coach is so valuable. We will use the example of a muscle-up.
What if the athlete can’t do a pull-up versus if they can string 6 muscle-ups together? You can easily see how these two athletes have a completely different time table to be successful in competition. Whereas one could potentially be ready in 6 months, the other is at least 3 years out.
The first part of this equation is a detailed assessment. At Central Athlete, our initial assessment is 2 hours in length and covers everything from body composition, readiness for training, movement analysis, strength balance, work capacity and lifestyle. Based off the data from the assessment the coach can begin to develop a systematic approach that progresses the athlete to their goals. The coach will also be able to deliver the proper dose specific to where the athlete currently sits in their journey of fitness.
Let’s take the earlier example. For the athlete that can’t perform a pull-up they would most likely start with scapular stability and strength exercises with the goal being to do their first strict pull-up. Upon reaching their first pull-up then volume would be built around that before progressing into weighted pull-ups. All of which are required before any kipping is introduced. You can see just how long of a process this is and this athlete hasn’t even touched the rings yet. This athlete must be committed to the long-term plan.
For the athlete who can perform 6 muscle-ups, they are obviously starting much further along in the process. Assuming there is no underlying scapular or upper body issue that needs to be addressed, they are much closer to being competitive. This athlete will likely enter skill training in a non-fatigue setting. This allows the athlete to build volume and refine movement. Once the athlete has shown proficiency in this type of setting then they would likely move into a fatigue based setting. The goal would be to build muscular endurance and absolute strength so that when a ton of volume is thrown at them they can handle it.
If the athlete is having an issue with a specific piece of the movement then the coach can help go over technique and develop a training prescription that will emphasis the exact area of difficulty. This will save the athlete months of mental exhaustion by avoiding failing the movement due to a minor issue each time. Gone are the days where you can just try a few muscle-ups each day and hope to get better after a while.
While many of these individuals coming to this realization are athletes, the general population of people who take their fitness seriously also realize they TOO can benefit from having their own coach.
On-site and remote coaching are the next evolution in health and fitness. While group classes are fun and promote community, on-site and remote coaching can and does actually occur within a group setting as well.
The primary difference?
The individuals in the gym are objectively getting better, working towards their personal goals and have an individual (a coach) 100% invested in them and getting them “there” (wherever “there” is), be it:
- Fitness goal achievement, competition wins
- Weight/mass gain and body fat loss
- Making the “impossible” possible
- More productive in their life’s work
- Enhanced energy
- Enhanced immunity
- Blood sugar regulation
- And more
Do you currently work with a coach?
How have you benefited if so?
If not, what’s holding you back from getting a coach?
Central Athlete specializes in individually designed fitness for people who take their fitness seriously through our on-site and remote coaching platforms.