Episode 35: Why You Should Coach for EFFORT with Jared Stein

Jared Stein

The fitness industry has evolved into two camps, The Movement Hawks vs. The Everybody Gets a Trophy Attitude. The best place to be is in the middle – which is where we begin to focus on our clients’ level of effort.

Jared Stein

Fitness Professional

The fitness industry has evolved into two camps, The Movement Hawks vs. The Everybody Gets a Trophy Attitude. The best place to be is in the middle – which is where we begin to focus on our clients’ level of effort. If you don’t tell them what you want from them, how are they supposed to know? If we can get them to bring out their 100% effort, we will get them to see results. This is the ultimate goal! Our guest this week, Jared Stein, takes us through how to support your clients to reach this point.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

What is effort?

Why is effort so important?

How do you coach effort?

Here’s the Complete List of Tips:

1. What are movement hawks and trophy givers?

“Movement Hawks” are so focused on accuracy in technique when it comes to movement/physicality, and they only see the movement. They obsess over perfection of technical movement execution, number of reps, amount of weight, etc.

“Trophy Givers” are the people that feel that no matter how hard you work, you will get a participation trophy. This is seen in youth sports in the US. They teach in a way that just showing up is enough.

If you put these two on either side of a venn diagram, the middle would be “effort.”

2. Why are they doing a disservice to their clients?

Movement Hawks don’t realize that some people don’t want this perfection. They may want a general workout, not 5 perfect squats in one hour, while Trophy Givers could bring their clients to a new level if they coached/motivated them a bit more.

3. What is effort?

Effort is the overlap of the two camps (Movement Hawks vs Trophy Givers. If a client is giving 100% effort, regardless of any limitations they may have, good things will happen. Nothing will get worse (health, appearance, quality of life) if a client gives 100%. It’s our job as trainers to know which camp they belong to and to appeal to their needs as motivators to bring this effort out of them. This will translate into any aspect of their lifestyle – maintaining 100% effort will take them further in everything they do.

4. Describe the effort mindset when it comes to training or coaching.

You must lead by example as a trainer/coach. This goes from the littlest details to the broadest. If you don’t give 100% effort when training, there is immediate feedback. Whether you feel the reaction in your body or you can see the difference in effort between yourself and someone next to you at the gym, it is noticeable right away. As a coach, start by letting clients know what the expectations are (how long, how hard, what muscle sets, what stimulus is meant to be achieved). After the exercise has begun, change into a cheerleader mentality. Simple, one word cues can make a difference as long as the timing is right.

4. Why is it so important? (Especially when looking to get your clients results)

If you don’t tell them what you want from them, how are they supposed to know? It changes your clients’ mentality from fearing an exercise to realizing they are capable regardless of the challenge. You then put less effort into motivating them long term because their immediate results will do the job for you. The number of squats someone is capable of may change day by day, definitely year by year, and this may seem discouraging unless they are focusing on effort. If they find peace with knowing that they offered their maximum effort regardless of what that looked like in the amount of weight used or the number of reps completed, they will feel accomplished.

Other References in This Episode:

FCM Episode 31 – How to Motivate and Use Motivational Cues

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