What Are Their Goals?

Pat Barber Coaching Development

If given a choice, most human beings will choose the type of training they need the least. ⠀

Cardio people love those metcons. ⠀

Barbell lovers want that strength piece. ⠀

It happens on a more micro level as well with certain movements. ⠀

To identify your deficiencies, think about when in a workout you rest or hold back. That’s your weakness. ⠀

You go hard on what you’re good at and then relax a little on that next movement because you don’t feel safe or confident enough to maintain intensity. ⠀

It’s important to think about this because when members complain about a workout or a program, what they’re often complaining about is working on their weaknesses.⠀

They want more of what they love.⠀

And what they love isn’t necessarily what’s going to get them more fit.⠀

That, of course, requires a conversation between coach and client.⠀

Ultimately, it’s about the goals of the individual.⠀

Are they in the gym to get as fit as they can be?⠀

Are they in the gym because they’re interested in lifelong fitness?⠀

Are they in the gym to have fun?⠀

Are they in the gym to get crushed? Do they want you to give them the hardest workout you can put them through?⠀

What are their goals?⠀

Now, look at what they want.⠀

Is what they want to do going to get them where they want to be?⠀

Because, in our experience, the answer is often no.⠀

Some people want to touch the barbell as much as possible. It’s fun. It’s Instagrammable. ⠀

But when you look at their longterm goals, giving them more volume isn’t what they truly need.⠀

They need to work on their weaknesses. They need to practice other skills. They need better mechanics (and you don’t need constant exposure or redundancies to get this, in our experience).⠀

Above all, they need to understand intensity. This lack of understanding is often the root of a lot of complaints and concerns. Here’s a quick and easy intensity test to try with your members today.

We’re not saying we’ve got this all figure out. No one does.

We do know, however, that talking about goals and explaining intensity can often lead to much more productive conversations about why an individual doesn’t think the programming is working for him/her.



About the Author
Pat Barber

Pat Barber

You might know me from the CrossFit Games, where I’ve competed since 2008, but I have also been the Head of Coaches Development for one of the largest CrossFits in the world. I have the honor of being one of the few L4 coaches, and I still love teaching L1s and L2s for CFHQ (I’ve put about 15,000 coaches through their L1’s). I'm husband to the most wonderful woman in the world, and a father who loves surfing, Magic: The Gathering, knife making and good coffee.

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