8/25/16

I Am Your Coach

I’ve had countless moments as a professional where I was being introduced to someone by one of our athletes/clients. It was a thoughtful gesture, as they are willing to go out of their way to share their experience with our program to their peers. Unfortunately, in most of these experiences, I am introduced as Drew the trainer. I'd be happy with Drew the coach, or the exercise physiologist, or even the giver of gainz - but not Drew the trainer. It’s not an unworthy title by any means, but it leaves a lot of the pieces out of the puzzle. We do more than train our athletes; more than promote fitness; more than provide an opportunity to exercise.


A surgeon who spends extra years in school, while specializing their skills towards a certain area, would not be called a nurse. In no universe are they the same thing. They both have their skills and needs, but in the end they are different. 


As a coach I have the extra responsibility of putting our work in the gym to the test. If I cannot get an athlete stronger, heavier, lighter, faster, more reactive, more explosive, or more powerful than it shows up on the field or court. There is no room for error when our weight room efforts are put to the test in sports play. This also means that I cannot play politics or baby sit an athlete. Each workout has to have a purpose and a long term goal. We can’t do something just so that an athlete remains with us, or take extra days off because they’re just not feeling it. This is something a lot of trainers have to do to keep clients. But not in our gym. Although we do have to work our athletes like fine-tuned machines, making sure not to burn them out, we still have to push the limits to produce guaranteed results. It is our surgeon’s blade making deliberate and necessary cuts to achieve the needs of our athletes. No politics, all business – just like a coach should be allowed to work. 


As a coach I also have the extra duties of evaluation and correction. I love working with new clients because the first session I get to put on my mind blowing hat.

“Are you left handed?”
“Did you hurt your knee this past year?”
“Your right ankle is your bad one right?”
“When did you hurt your back?”
“You play quarterback don’t you?”

Each time the athlete or the parent just nod their head with wide eyes as I recall their past sports career like I hadn’t just met them 15 minutes prior. By introducing our evaluations and movement session I am able to find the weaknesses that need correction. It has helped me treat and improve athletes for a while now and I would say it is a huge component of our growth. Rather than repeat a formula designed for mass quantities, I am able to individualize the program between each athlete. It’s a coach skill that reaches beyond normal trainer responsibilities.


But in the end does it matter if I’m referred to as a coach or a trainer? Absolutely not. Calling a surgeon a nurse doesn’t take away his/her ability to perform as a surgeon. The differences always show up in the work that is provided. And I hope to display what makes us different without having to say much.

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.