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Tips for Coaches?

Jim i have a question about mistakes that you made in the early days of your coaching career say the top three mistakes , and the top three mistakes you see coaches make in the first 3 years of coaching ?

Here’s some advice:

Don’t out coach your own experience/knowledge (don’t coach what you don’t know).

Train with purpose - show/build some goddamn respect for the process.

Read/learn with extreme filter. Trends in this business are hilarious, especially the diet people who hide their eating disorders.

Be the best “beginner coach” you can be. I’ve said this for years and years and years. It’s not fashionable though so it’s generally ignored.

Learn that you can only control so much. It’s not your fault and its not your responsibility what they do on their own time. You can only educate so much - you can’t hold their hand.

Give effort to those willing to give effort - never waste your time. Let the athletes lead by example - not by you threatening/cheer leading.

Whenever I see a coach yelling/screaming and doing that non-sense, I laugh. Its how you cover up shitty coaching.

Know your stuff. If you don’t know, learn or out source.

Be organized and plan.

And never, ever let the sport coaches or admin or parents make weight room choices or training choices. This is YOUR place, YOUR work. Show some pride for the decades you’ve put in learning and training and bleeding and competing.

[quote]Jim Wendler wrote:
Here’s some advice:

Be the best “beginner coach” you can be. I’ve said this for years and years and years. It’s not fashionable though so it’s generally ignored.

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Can you elaborate on this or point me to somewhere where you have?

How many advanced lifters will you ever coach?

An elite athlete is rarely an advanced lifter. At most, an intermediate. But a lot of blowhards seem to forget that.

thank you Jim that was very excellent advice thank you so much for your time