Embrace our feedback

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“Ya, but it’s only the bar…”
Just about everytime us Coaches give encouraging feedback and recognize improved patterns and positions throughout the daily warm-ups and skill portions, we’re always left with the same reply.
People tend to neglect our compliments.
Take advantage and be happy with these small victories.
While they may seem small at times, to us Coaches, they are huge.  Someone has clearly demonstrated improvement and we’re letting them know about it so they can be sure they’re on the path to further progress and strength.
Then there is the opposite side.  Often times, we’ll witness someone speed through a workout with decent control and precision, but still, demonstrate there is plenty to improve upon.  In having discussions with people after workouts, giving them feedback on their positions and their strengths and flaws, they’ll get very defensive when being told movement patterns went to hell when they added speed and put the clock of utmost importance.
“Yea, but, I was getting tired.”
That’s great. We EXPECT you to be tired.  But we don’t expect you to begin looking like slop, putting your spine and body at risk, and simply finish for the sake of finishing. Instead, take the extra few extra seconds to bring back awareness and focus on the task at hand.  Your last reps should look better than not worse than your first few reps.
Or even worse, there’ve been times where I know I’ve given off feedback about bettering an individual, and depending on how it comes out, it gets perceived as “Whoa, Coach is pissed.”
No need to get defensive!
It is not a personal attack.
Our goal is to make you better.
Period.
No matter how fast, strong, powerful, mobile, or agile you think you are, we will find holes and weak links in your practice and always look to keep you progressing.
Instant gratification does not exist in our training philosophies.
At RHCF, you’re going to find yourself in uncomfortable situations very often.  Be it performing movements you’re not very good at, or attempting things you’ve never done before.  That’s a good thing. Don’t stress and get defensive and let your ego take over in these uncomfortable situations.   Recognize, rather, that change is coming and the opportunity for growth is on the other side.
This is all part of making you BETTER.
It’s on us to provide the tools to get you to see improvement.
It’s for you to take and respect the feedback, perform the work, and spend the time to practice and grow your strengths and skills.
What equates to better?
I really hope by now you all understand that better does not simply mean “more weight on a bar” or “I finished my workout quicker”.
There are far more metrics for improvement.  Asides from speed and strength, consider the following;
Motor control and patterning (demonstrating strength and control throughout the movements full and proper range of motion)
Mobility (extending your end ranges of said joint)
Stability (being able to maintain external rotation of hips and shoulder throughout the full range of motion)
Flexibility (passive range of motion which provides the allowance for increased mobility)
Agility (Stability throughout dynamic movements and exercises)
Power (the combination of strength and speed)
Over time, the combination of skills will show improvement all around which is ultimately what we are striving for, anyhow.  (If you are NOT striving to get better and improve yourself, come and talk to me…I don’t think you’re in the right place…)
So don’t belittle yourself when feedback is given.  The feedback we give is a necessary tool for your own sense of self that what you’re doing is working and us Coaches want you to know that we recognize this. And when we give off feedback that may be perceived as “it’s never good enough”, know that you’re right…it’s not.  We expect more and want to make the best YOU going forward and that involves getting uncomfortable, trying new things, and exploring your limitless potential.
After all, that IS the only way to improve your mind and body.