Your Inability to Say "No" Makes You a Bad Coach

Becca Borawski Jenkins
Coaching, Strength and Conditioning, Martial Arts

A little while back I stopped by a friend’s gym for a visit. He was getting a class going when I first walked in, so I just observed for a little bit rather than interrupt him. He explained the workout, started the clock, and everybody took off running. Moments later the students returned and dove to the ground to hit their first set of pushups.


Universally, everybody’s pushups were horrible.


personal training, training, coaching, becoming a personal trainer, fitnessSagging bellies, elbows going all directions, chicken necking, partial range of motion, you name it. Now, I make it a habit not to butt in to other people’s coaching business when I’m a guest in a gym, but I must have had a funny look on my face because my friend chose this moment to walk over to me. “It’s funny how everybody’s pushups are different,” he said to me. He said it as if in observation that pushups were an expression of an individual’s personality.


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