Honesty is the best policy.
As a Coach we want nothing more than to see our athletes excel and thrive under our guidance. A lot of that success doesn’t just come from just handing out a program and way they go but rather, constant 2 way feedback system.
Through communication and supervision, we’re better equipped to make the right decisions as to how we’re going to move forward and get athletes to the goals that have been set out sooner rather than later.
If you’re an athlete working with a Coach, make sure you keep your Coach informed if weights feel too heavy, too light, or if you had a shitty day at work, buggered, stressed, depressed. Whatever the case, training loads can be adjusted to suit your needs, don’t feel the need to hit a 200kg dead just because your program for the day says so. The program you receive is a guide, it doesn’t need to be set in stone. That’s the beauty of coaching or having a coach.
There will be days where you’re just not up to the task due to other life stressors. Being lazy doesn’t count.
The more feedback you give your Coach the better the Coach is able to appropriate your training plan. Not every session needs to be balls to the wall.
As a Coach, something as simple as observing the athlete and the way they walk through the door, observing their demeanour or from a simple question to find out a bit about their day will give you a pretty good idea of where they’re at physically and mentally to adjust the days training if necessary.
As an athlete, talk to your Coach more. He/She isn’t super human, they won’t always know what you’re going through.
Training should be fun, therapy or an outlet for most. It shouldn’t add to the days stress.