My most recent injury have forced me to give up some of my fitness goals and I have reduced my own training by half. This was a big concern for me at first and I felt like I was loosing everything I worked so hard for! It’s very easy to loose the spirit when the body hurts and you can’t do all the things you love to do.
Even though it sucks to not be training as hard anymore and focus on my own fitness goals, I definitely have leared a lot from this experience. I have had more time to take care of others and their fitness goals. I would say that the shifted focus made me a better coach or a more humble coach.
By stepping down from my “beast mode”, I’m actually learning how to work on recovery “like a beast”. This is a very useful tool in my job! Many people around me are very stressed and have high expectations on themselves and they forget about the recovery. Without a great balance between hard work and rest you just simply can’t achieve fitness!
I have learned this the hard way BUT with that said my body is responding really well to less volume and load and I’m actually feeling pretty good at the moment.
I haven’t put my competitive side totally behind me. I have a goal to compete again for sure, but for now my focus is on recovery and coaching.
I might not be the best Athlete right now, but remember, A really good athlete doesn’t always make the best coach! They know what to do, but many times they can’t communicate how they do it!
When everything comes easy to you, it can be harder to understand clients struggles.
Whatever the future brings this will be a hurdle in my way that will generate more experience once I’m over it.