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I’ve been a Strength Coach for nearly 15 years and over that time I have continued to evolve. At times I thought I’d like to hang up my coaching card and do some other job. What has kept me doing this has been the people I’ve met over the years and the lives that I’ve had a chance to help change.
It was on a trip to Malaysia, while living in Bangkok when I met with a Yogi friend who planted the initial seed. We debated; him a little too Yin and me a little too Yang on the polar opposite spectrum when it came to the topic of Yoga versus Strength Training.
Neither of us could see that both have their place and could be equally as effective and even integrated together to enhance overall fitness.
However, the seed he planted on that trip changed my perspective and life as a coach, bringing my coaching towards a place of balance. As I began to practice myself I began to learn things and understand more about myself and the practice of Yoga as a whole.
So what did this Strength Coach learn from incorporating Yoga into my overall fitness practice and coaching?
Let go of EGO – There’s no room for Ego within Yoga. When you realize that Yoga is a personal practice, you learn to be humbled day by day. Each day of practice presents a different challenge to yourself.
By letting go of the Ego in your fitness and understanding that fitness is a personal practice it helps prevent potential harmful situations where you exceed your body’s capacity all because you refused to accept a load was too much or the body could not bear any more.
“Remember that unless you are a pro athlete and it’s your job (meaning you get paid to do it), that in your life’s fitness journey you are only competing with yourself.”
Looking to others and what they are able to do without taking the step by step approach to achieve that level often leads to more than disappointment and often includes injury.
Openness & Flexibility – Being open to new things is an essential part of enhancing your fitness. My Yogi friend told me that your physical flexibility can be linked to your openness of mind and spirit.
Being open to various modalities of training and incorporating the unconventional is essential to progressing in your overall fitness.
Keeping what is useful and discarding what is not is a common eastern philosophy that can only be achieved by experiencing multiple tools available to you.
Patience & Repetition – Nothing happens quickly in Yoga. How long it takes to gain better hip mobility is directly related to how much you practice. In a world where we want immediate results, Yoga teaches us to have patience with our practice throughout all aspects of life.
This concept can be transferred directly to the unconventional methods of training. Practice and patience is key to growing and progressing in the different implements utilized with the unconventional implements.
Body Control/Self Awareness – With Yoga, I can assess myself and I can assess clients better. By understanding human physiology, I’m able to assess limitations and see muscular imbalances in myself and the clients that I work with.
With this knowledge I’m able to provide better programs and progression. I’m acutely aware of my body’s deficiencies and lack of control in certain positions, which I can work to improve.
As you practice and integrate with your unconventional movements, your overall body awareness gets better, giving your more stability and strength.
–It’s ok to be exactly where you are, not only in your daily life but also in your fitness ability.
Accept that today you are here and that tomorrow presents you with another opportunity to try again. Today you may not be as flexible as tomorrow. Tomorrow you may not have as much self control as you had today.
These ideas and concepts form a weblike system that directly effect one another and have enhanced my own training and coaching, taking my fitness and the fitness of my clients to a whole new level.
Understanding the age old philosophy of taking what’s useful and discarding what’s not; Take what is useful from the practice of yoga and integrate it into your training and programs and enhance your life and the lives of others.
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