As an athlete, it feeds my competitive side. As a coach and gym owner it’s a little different. I’m not so concerned with podiums or placings. It’s actually quite hard to control when you don’t know the tests. Things could align and end up right in your wheelhouse; or maybe you’ll find some new things that need work.
It’s not that I don’t care if people do poorly now- there’s just other things I care about more.
What gives me the most satisfaction is when people come up to me after the competition is finished (and this has happened several times), to say they are impressed with how well our athletes move. It speaks to our level of detail and coaching. I think nearly everyone would agree that technique and proper movement are the basis of any athletic endeavour- but how many times do coaches just let things slide because the athletes are stubborn? Or maybe it’s going to take more work? No one wants to hammer the basics, but that’s what it takes. Sometimes we want to run, even though our walking needs work.
I’m not saying we’re perfect, but we’re definitely in pursuit of it.
As an athlete, it’s easy to get too caught up in things being all about you. I’ve been guilty of it.
Another thing I take great pride in is how our athletes handle setbacks.
I want to see our athletes introduce themselves to their judge and shake their hand, and when they’re dealt with a “no-rep”, to carry on and shake the judges’ hand again after it’s all done. I want character.
I’m reminded of a quote by Maya Angelou that I first came across when going through school to become a teacher.
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”
Sign up for something; put yourself out there, and when things get tough let it reveal your character.