Being an athlete, you’re bound to face times of injury.
Well, it happened to me (again) and last week I took off of working out. I might have put up a tantrum at first, resisting resting and questioning if staying away from the gym was the best thing. But, my back protested in almost every movement and I was just frustrated. Having a workout partner and Coach who has lots of common sense, I was finally convinced to take a break.
I know I’ve talked about taking breaks before, but this one was different. It was difficult to step away from something that is ultimately a good thing. I didn’t get to see my gym friends for a whole week; sure I still coached and ran athletes through WODs, but I couldn’t relate to any of their suffering. It was a bummer the first couple days and I might have been a bit morose.
However, taking that time off made me do/realize two things as the week progressed:
So what does this have to do with you, the owner? Well, I think it could be a great thing to encourage rest in your athletes, for a multitude of reasons. I think I could easily have fallen into burn out if I hadn’t forced myself to take a break — burn out from injury and the pressure of performing well.
Perhaps it’s reminding them in your quarterly check-in meetings why they joined in the first place. Perhaps it’s building in a fun day or a rest day in your programming. Perhaps it’s your Coaches preaching lifestyle versus going all out every day.
I also think challenging your Coaches to prep more for classes could be hugely beneficial. You might think they do it on their own — and perhaps they do — but I know I needed a change of routine to get me heading in the right direction. Having a class plan, whether one you create for your Coaches or asking them to create their own, can teach so much. I’ve seen tremendous benefit in one week; I think others would see the same.
All in all, your athletes will probably face an injury. Your Coaches might, too. I’m sure you have, Affiliate. So then the question becomes, what will you learn from it?