There's No One Thing: Coaching Your Whole Client

Endurance Sports, Kettlebells, Strength and Conditioning

In a police story I read many years ago the main detective was always looking for the "one thing." This one thing was the clue that would link the whole case together to solve the puzzle of the crime. Often, it was patient, diligent police work that found the one thing - calling witnesses, interviewing them over and over to look for inconsistencies or a new detail. Just the day-to-day grind of doing the right things over and over again until one day, magically, the thing appeared and the criminal was caught.


training, coaching, personal trainingSo while they were searching for “one thing,” what actually created the opportunity for the crime to be solved was a combination of many things. Mike Boyle has said that training is like farming. You do all these things, plant the seeds, water and fertilize the crops, all in the hope that one day the seeds will sprout and you can harvest the crops and make money. In farming, there is no one thing. As it is in farming, it is in training.


I have to be honest and say that fitness media often doesn’t support this concept. When you’ve got articles like those in Muscle and Fiction with headlines like "Ten Weeks to Titanic Triceps" or see products like Six Weeks to a Six-Pack, you’d have to have iron willpower not to be at least a little curious. The thing that all these programs and articles have in common is that they usually focus around one thing that will suddenly sky rocket your progress and turn you from meek to macho overnight. But that’s just not how it works.


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