Stuff To Read (Coaches Edition)

This series of recommended reading doesn’t have much to do with the “hows” of training, more so the “whys”.  There aren’t any sets, reps or secrets to becoming super ripped here but if you are a coach then I highly recommend you check these out if you haven’t already.

Spirituality and the Athlete – Dan John

Ever the insightful and wise Dan John.  I’m not a Star Wars fan really (gasp) but I think Dan John is like the Yoda of coaching.  I think this a great article for coaches and athletes alike but certainly applies to those of us competing in the Highland Games this weekend.  Here’s a quote, “Train hard, but enjoy competition. Compete hard, but enjoy your training. One key final point must be kept in mind at all times…  NEVER judge a workout or competition as “good” or “bad” solely on that single day. I often tell my new throwers: “Sorry, you just are not good enough to be disappointed.” Judging one’s worth as an athlete over the results of single day is just idiocy… and will lead to long term failure.”

Royce Gracie

Beginner To Black Belt – Alwyn Cosgrove

I’ve heard many an expert say this, and as I get older it only rings more true and that’s the more I learn, the less I know.  Alywn Cosgrove is not only a coach with a tremendous amount of experience but also a black belt.  If you’re a coach this is a short but meaningful article.

InSideOut Coaching – Joe Ehrmann

I have mentioned before that this is a great book for coaches.  I just started reading it again and it’s just as good as the first time.  Now either my reading comprehension is poor or it’s really that good.  Either way, if you are a coach, you should read this book, (at least once).  I haven’t had too many jobs other than coaching in my lifetime, at least of a significant amount of time, other than the time I worked at McDonald’s, but I think it’s especially easy in the fitness industry to get weighed down with tons of information, research, sets, reps and other fancy fads.  Certainly the customer service side of things is important too if you are in the private sector but what certainly isn’t in the NSCA text book or more than likely isn’t taught at your favorite training certification are lessons that Joe Ehrmann puts forth in the quest to be a better coach.  Lessons like “Life is about relationships.  It’s about the capacity to to love and be loved………  The questions that will matter most on your deathbed are the questions related to your relationships…..  Life, I’ve learned, is a team sport and ultimately is unsatisfying if it is lived solely for self.”  And questions you need to ask yourself like, Why do I coach?,  Why do I coach the way I do?, and What does it feel like to be coached by me?   Joe also recommends the book below.


Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl

Apparently this is a classic.  I hadn’t heard of it until maybe 9 months ago when all of the sudden I heard people talking about it 100 hundred different times.  Funny how that works.  Again, nothing to do with training but very valuable.

– Mike Baltren

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