Most people will agree that it is nearly impossible to create the PERFECT program. We can however say that we do a pretty damn good job. You can however create the perfect session, every session. At MBSC, Coach Boyle consistently reminds us of the “good enough” factor. The “good enough” factor is when you see something and consider it good enough, although you know it can be fixed. We are constantly striving to have our athletes and clients executing perfect lifts. If we have to regress, or more commonly, decrease the load, we will. There are a couple of reasons why this has to be the same mentality you have with your personal training clients:
1) There are mirrors. If you demonstrate a movement and your client executes it like shit, they will know. They will feel it look lousy and they will see it look lousy. You wont be fooling anyone but letting them go through the reps.
2) Your coworkers and other experienced clients will know it looks like poor, and that’s just bad for business. It will be considered as lazy, you are too lazy to clean up that SLDL, or you don’t really care if your athletes aren’t getting full extension on their chins.
3) Lastly, if it looks like shit, it is shit, and your client is not benefiting from doing an exercise that is either too loaded, or too advanced for them.
Regress to perfection. It doesn’t matter if someone is doing TRX rows standing completely vertical. It’s better than a row that is too deep, broken and just ugly. Don’t let your clients and athletes perform bad reps. It is a poor reflection on you and your business. I would rather have a gym full of people doing perfect pushups with their hands elevated on a bench or bar, then a gym of crappy loaded pushups on the ground.
Which would you rather have?