If You Fail, Blame Your Powerlifting Coach

If your squat, bench and deadlift aren’t getting better… here’s why

This was inspired by a chat I was having a while back with a colleague of mine. He’d basically said that if a lifter wasn’t improving, as a coach the first thing you should be doing is to examine what YOU are missing in your process, communication and the tools that you are providing to your client. 

That got me thinking… Some of the most successful lifters I’ve coached come to the table with the same mindset about their own training; if they’re not seeing progress, they look at what they are missing before passing the blame on to the coach.

As the coach, I aim to bring that same thinking to the coaching relationship too and when both of us are looking for how we can do our best to have the lifter succeed, it’s a pretty darn productive way to do things.

What if you don’t have a coach? Well, instead of blaming whatever program you are on, external stressors, or whatever else is “making it impossible for you to get the gains you’re looking for”, what if you switch from using an external locus of control (blaming other things) to looking at your training using the frame of an internal locus of control (focus on what you can control).

Instead of just looking at the result, take a couple steps back and look at what got you there.

For example…

You end up getting to a training session and you haven’t eaten all day because work was super busy and you only had 15 minutes for lunch so you skipped. By the time you got to the gym, you were pretty underfed for the day and your workout suffered.

Yes, you can say “work was busy, I can’t change that”.

But you can also approach the same situation with the thinking of “I planned ahead and packed a lunch so that I only needed 10 minutes to eat my lunch on my 15 minute lunch break which gave me a spare 5 minutes to mentally relax before getting back to work”

Same situation, different mindset.

Having life happen to you is a pretty victimized way to live and while you’ll never control everything, you’d be surprised with how much change you can effect if you re-frame it.

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