Performance is something that many people strive for in varying areas of their life. If we take a look at someone like Jeff Bezos’, CEO and Founder of Amazon, it’s clear that this is a man who has designed systems to not only facilitate the performance of his company but also the performance of his body.
Athletic Performance is obviously a word that is relative to the task at hand. Athletic performance for a rower will be different to athletic performance for someone who partakes in CrossFit.
For athletic performance, the intricate details matter. Rather than simply habit formation around nutrition, we now need to delve a little deeper into the macronutrients, timings and micronutrients. After all you’re looking to create a machine that performs at a high level.
I like to use car analogies as they’re much easier to understand.
In wellness, we’re looking at your trusty Toyota, maintaining your Toyota will ensure that it lasts for a lifetime. IT will get you from A to B and rarely let you down.
In Performance, we are looking at creating a Ferrari, both in body and mind. If you’re not mentally ready to drive a Ferrari at its limit, it doesn’t matter how much power is available to you, you won’t be able to get the most out of it.
Equally so, if you do not take care of the Ferrari, it is much more likely to break down.
This is a common sight in the world of fitness right now. People wanting to drive Ferraris without the knowledge or the prowess to do so. Training hard is simply one component of what it takes to increase performance.
A coach is there to guide you as to when to apply the brakes and when to apply the gas. Too much of either, and progress is hindered.
A Coach for Performance needs to understand when an athlete needs to go through baseline and foundational work and when an athlete needs to suffer. This is one of the key differences from wellness and performance, the need to suffer. Suffering should not be created in a program for the sake of it, it is used in doses to create better resilience, to build a stronger lactate threshold and to test an athlete’s ability to maintain composure and technical proficiency in periods of high fatigue.
If your program currently looks like a lot of suffering on a weekly basis, ask the question why? Suffering for the sake of suffering will not help you progress in the long term. Make sure there is a specific intent to each workout.
A Coach for Performance needs to have the technical knowledge to understand the intricate details of the athlete in front of them. Why is this exercise good for the athlete in question? What is the end goal and does this relate directly to them? They need to have the ability to think outside the box and not simply apply what has been useful for other people in the past.
If you’re chasing performance in any dimension and want to really dial in you physical and mental performance, get in touch with us. If you’re undecided, take our METHOD Performance Assessment and we can help you better understand your path as a performance directed athlete.