3 COACHING "TRUTHS" FROM AN ELITE STRENGTH COACH
I started Dan John's new book "Attempts" and found myself nodding along. My favourite quote of Dan's has always been "I said it was simple, not easy." Something we preach consistently. Most answers in fitness are simple. They just require effort and discipline.
I love the chapter "My Three Essential Coaching and Life Truths"
Dan outlines the three basic truths he's been following since 1965 that have kept him happy, healthy and hearty ever since.
INVEST WISELY IN ASYMMETRICAL RISKS
Always ask yourself: What's the worst that could happen? And prepare for that scenario.
He uses the example of these $20 survival bags to keep in his car in case of an emergency. And the Navy Football team spending extra time working on their field goal kicking to win games.
I like to think of it in terms of - what's going to provide me with the most ‘bang for my buck'.
Loaded carries. Assault bike sprints. Hill sprints. Nasal breathing. Kettlebell swings. Ab wheels.
EMBRACE THE OBVIOUS
When faced with a problem ask yourself: What's the obvious solution?
"Runners run. Throwers throw. Hurdlers hurdle. Sprinters sprint. Swimmers swim... To get stronger, lift weights. For recovery, sleep. For hydration, drink water." - Dan John
We have a habit of complicating things in fitness.
You don't need a 'mass gainer' - just lift weights and eat more food
You don't need a 'detox tea' - just walk more and eat less
You don't need a 'greens superfood' - just eat more vegetables
RESPECT THE PROCESS AND THE RESULTS WILL TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES
One of my favourite Dan John-isms is "Little and often over the long haul" - which he got it from his coach - Coach Maughan.
You don't control the results. You can't control the outcome. While goals are a good starting point, developing the habits that lead you to the goals is more important. What you do, every day, is what matters.
"Respect the process. Do the basics. Do the fundamentals. And do them often. For a long time" - Dan John
Thank you for writing this book Dan. It's an absolute gem.