We understand that the cold snap has severely impacted on our members ability to get to training as much as they’d like this past week. Until the end of the year we’d like to offer every member unlimited training at CFI in order to get your training in before and during the mad Christmas season.

Class caps will apply during these times, and it will be first come, first served as well.

Workout of the Day:
Strength – Squat

3 Rounds of:
30 Wall Balls
30 Hang Squat Snatches, 35kg/20Kg

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Snatchers and Spotters

On cueing…

When you’re learning anything new, the tendency on the part of the teacher is to give you as much information as you can handle. This is in part due to the coach wanting you to have all the information you can on the lift/movement/metcon. Another part is down to degree to lack of confidence on the part of the coach. Can I really justify saying something as simple as “heels” and leave it at that? More than often, the answer is yes.

When you constantly cue an athlete, it can have fairly detrimental effects to their progress. In the short term, too many cues can mess with an athletes head. Try concentrating on keeping your chest up, elbows low, back tight, weight on the heels, hold your breath, don’t dip too low, big jump, punch with your arms, get that front heel out in front, bend the back leg, and worry about the heavy weight, what happens? You get confused! Focusing on fixing one aspect (heels) is a much better cue for the entire session, and will help with your progress in the short and long term.

Also, when you spend too much time cueing an athlete, or too many people do it, it all just becomes white noise. You might be saying the right thing to the right athlete, and at the right time, but if it comes midway through a stream of constant encouragement and cueing, they’ve already zoned you out and it’s worthless. Midway through a metcon everything is slightly blurry. A well timed cue can really help, if it’s delivered without much fluff and at the right tone.

There’s evidence to suggest that too much praise or constant feedback can have negative consequences going forward. Students get too dependent on external validation, and never develop confidence in their own abilities to self assess. The best type of feedback is factual it would appear, detailing what happened and what needs to be done, rather than encouraging or negative comments.

Lastly, sometimes as a coach we need to take the training wheels off just a bit to allow people to make mistakes and learn on their own. Not to abandon them, but keep an eye on them when they’re in an environment that allows them to learn.

For further reading check out this article – Pondering Praise.

PS – After reading that I think I need to read every word John Wooden has written down, so it’s off to Amazon for me.