For the next few weeks, each Ethos coach will share a few mistakes they made in the past and a few things they wish they had started doing earlier. First up, Coach Crush.
#1 – Worrying about the 1%
When I started to become seriously interested in training and coaching, like many others in the industry, I became obsessed with what I call the 1%. Tons of my energy and effort was put towards figuring out what supplements were the best, which specialized exercises were needed to hit which body parts, and which set and rep scheme was ideal.
When in reality I should have been focusing on the 99% (the stuff that actually makes the difference); which include consistently: training well, eating real food, and sleeping as much as possible. It’s amazing what happens when you battle the bullshit and focus on the simple things that really matter.
#2 – Not Getting a Coach Sooner
Since the age of 13, training has always been something that’s come pretty naturally and also made sense to me. However, when trying to coach and train myself, it was really hard. It was difficult to objectively look at myself and make smart decisions– everyone tends to think they’re a unique snowflake that needs a special training program, and I was no different.
But in reality, 90% of the time you just need to do the very basic shit and do it well – over and over and over. This is where having a coach is brilliant; having someone to take an objective look at you, reaffirm that you’re not a unique snowflake, make you do the basic shit, do it well, and do it over and over and over.
*Bonus Content - it’s also okay to accept that there are smarter people in this world and you can trust them to help you.*
#3 – Lacking Patience
I’ve heard many older and wiser people point out that in today’s society everyone wants everything and they want it now. Training and dieting are no different. Throughout high school & college I’d train and diet one way for two weeks and expect to see some noticeable results – and if I didn’t I’d completely change my approach.
I did this over and over and over until I started hearing smart people echo the same idea: if something is good for you it probably won’t give you immediate benefits. Consistency over the long term will always trump intensity in the short term; be patient and learn to the love the process.