BreakingMuscle
CoachesOnly

Why Hard-Charging Athletes Need to Stop and Just Breathe

Chris Holder
Coach
Kettlebells, Strength and Conditioning, Martial Arts

Fellow coaches: What I’m about to write about is going to be hard for some of you to hear. Listen, I get it, we are the quintessential tough guys and gals within our businesses. For me, and many of you, I have to be the pillar of toughness because I work at a university. The soft, delicate stuff is for the athletic trainers and academic advisors. We strength coaches need shaved heads, full beards, and a glimmer of crazy in our eyes. We can never be caught with our guard down or give the kids and other coaches the feeling that we have we have softened. The soft stuff is for other people.

 

But what most of us don’t understand is there are missing elements in our athlete’s recovery that must be addressed with the same kind of rigor that we put into hard-driving training. Recovery is not just sleep or the types of foods you put into your mouth. It goes considerably beyond that. What I am about to propose to you all is something that is deeply imbedded in science, though a little harder to find. And it’s going to sound a whole lot like the soft stuff.

 

As many of you know, along with being a strength coach for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I am also a Medical Qigong Doctor. What I’m going to tell you about looks, on the outside, like two completely unrelated entities—hard, punishing training on the one hand, and soft, meditative practices on the other. But we have found a very seamless way to take the hard, pounding discipline of weight training and combine it with the more intention-driven, softer discipline of Qigong to keep my athletes balanced and performing at an incredibly high level. Let me explain.

 

To access the content, please login or register an account and purchase a membership plan.

 

 

A career as a coach or trainer is a never ending opportunity to learn, grow, and re-invent yourself.

 

You don’t get to pick the problems you solve because everyone who you come across is different: Different genders, ages, fitness levels, disposable time, disposable income, and almost always unsure of their commitment.

 

Here on Coaches Only we update the content regularly, we go in lots of different directions, and we engage with experts in all walks of life so long as they help coaches and trainers in pursuit of a fulfilling career.

 

There are no simple answers to how to be a good pro. No one can sell your services for you. There is no silver bullet for success.

 

 

That’s why you should sign up, be present, and when the opportunity arises, also take the initiative to contribute to the conversation.

 

Coaches Only is for independent coaches and trainers who believe in the value of their work and have a love of this industry.

 

Coaches Only is for professionals who strive to make a career that lasts, has impact, and rewards people who work hard at it.

 

1 Month $9.95

3 Months $24.95

6 Months $49.95

12 Months $99.00