How to Keep Your Passion From Feeling Like a Job?

Anyone who has worked in strength and conditioning in any capacity can tell you that, like many industries, your days are long, sleep is sacrificed, preparation must be at a pinnacle, but at the end of the day you leave work with a full heart. At Athletes Warehouse, that is why we coach. It is the fulfillment of our passion. As a coach, you have to be “on” at all times. Neither you nor your athlete can afford to lay back or turn off at any given time. Not just does it provide a situation that puts the athlete at risk, but it does the athlete an incredible injustice in the type of product that you are providing. Athletes and their families are investing their time and money and entrusting us with their athletic development. This is an incredible burden to bear but an honor to carry.  

It can be tiresome to be “on” for so many hours of the day and sometimes it can impede on your passion. Remember, no matter the age, sport, or skill level, we approach every session with the intent that our athlete deserves the greatest version of us every time they walk in the building.

Here are some things that we practice that eliminate a situation where the coach or athlete are just “going through the motions.”

Teacher over motivator. Motivating is necessary – it is part of being a strength and conditioning coach. But purely being a motivator creates a monotonous situation for the coach and is not a true fulfillment of your job. At Athletes Warehouse we find a balance between upbeat and motivating vs. slowing a session down and teaching. Slowing down a session allows for a coach to communicate and get an athlete to understand the purpose of each training session.

Humbly pursue knowledge from all areas of the strength and conditioning industry. At Athletes Warehouse we continually implement new training methods from all areas of the industry. Again, this keeps you, as the coach, active in continually teaching a new technique, but more importantly, it keeps your athlete actively engaged in the training process. Intuitively, consistent presentation of a new stimulus to the athlete is always going to provide a superior product.

Train yourself. This may be one of the most important things to being a coach who can relate to the athlete. Train yourself like you train your athlete. By going through the same program design that your athletes are, you will find yourself better able to relate to the exercises that you are prescribing them.

Maintaining passion for what you do for a living is critical for your career as a strength and conditioning professional. An athlete’s attitude towards strength and conditioning can be highly dependent on how they perceive the coach’s attitude. Here at Athletes Warehouse we recognize this and see the benefit to sharing your passion for strength and conditioning with a young athlete every time they walk in the facility. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL. I hope that you can utilize some of the tips that we practice to maintain your passion and continually share such with your youth athletes.

-Jack Gladstone

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