Too many times, people have asked me “What is the right way to cue this?“. I feel, the cue depends on the trainee, not the coach. Coaches tend to be too caught up with their own cue and that makes it difficult for the athlete to understand.
Remember when Miss. Iris tried to explain “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, back in school?
After her long weary explanation, my cousin understood it as; “In life, when the roads are complex and difficult, we should attempt to take the path less travelled, for albeit it’s difficulty, we end up learning new things”
I ended up understanding it as “Quit school, now”
For me, I’ve realised that people try to “impose” knowledge NOT impart knowledge. I want to impart my knowledge, so that you have the flexibility to expand it to what is most suited to you. I want to sow a seed, not place the bloody great ocean reef on your head.
I use a simple 4 step process to teach ;
- Understand the final goal - I want the bar overhead in the straightest fashion possible.
- Allow the person to do whatever he/she thinks is right – Pull from toes, heels, knees, whatever
- Tweak the bits and pieces 1 by 1 – Adjust to what I feel is best technique
- Ask the trainee what he/she’s thinking – What are you thinking when you’ve done the perfect one which both I and you agree, feels most comfortable. Which is why I always ask “How do you feel?“
Once I know what the person is thinking, I can build the cue from there. That’s why every single rep must be cue’ed over and over again. I want the trainee to build the movement pattern. I don’t want the athlete to have MY thought process in him/her. I want it to be the individual’s.
My cousin? Yeah, he’s an editor of a fashion magazine now.