Coaches and athletes can have several relationships, coach/athlete, friends, lovers, competitors and arch enemies. Remembering that while at the box and peeps show to class that everything else goes out and “coach” is in the coaching mode. Their job is to impart some wisdom to athletes through dialogue, demonstration and guidance. We coaches do not know everything and we are works in progress but we at that moment will generally know more than the athlete. EGO is good and bad thing to have but can be a detriment when you let it overpower the relationship. Coach can be too aggressive or an athlete can disregard all info coming from the coach. It’s a hard thing to work through sometimes. And sometimes just pulling each other aside to address and issues and work on putting the right foot forward. I’ve definitely had to do this on more than one occasion. I can be aggressive, assertive, disregarding, and sometimes patronizing. We coaches try to work through issues and move on to hopefully help you reach your goals. Many times we will explain a WOD and have an athlete ask right after…”what are we doing?” GRRR! Pulse speeds up just a bit. Sometimes the coach is droning on about something or another and info overload and you zone out. Totally understandable. Ask questions, we like it. Rather… ask pointed questions. How much? How many times? Full or power? All good. We coaches want to have close relationships with all our athletes and we want all of you to excel. If a coach holds you back more than likely they have spotted a flaw in your movement. Take it in and adjust. Another coach might give differing advice. That’s fine too. One coach sees something the other did not. Use all the info to help and again ask questions. We like you and you’re cool.