Start with defining what great looks like…
How do we know when the bar is too heavy? How do we know when somebody’s got too much weight on?
Well, the easiest way is when they fail. When you give them a task, let’s just let’s say a squat for example, and they fail. That’s the easiest way to know that the bars too heavy, but that’s not going to work for a number of reasons.
One, might get injured.
Two, they’re going to get burnt out and over trained.
Three, they’re not going to enjoy that. They’re gonna hate it in fact.
The first thing we need to understand is “what does great look like?”
It’s amazing how many people cannot give you five or so key things that they look for in each movement.
So take a squat for example. we want the chest to be up and the logo visible. We want the knees to be pushed out. We want the feet looking in good alignment. We want the hips below the knees and maintaining a neutral spine and we don’t want lateral shifting. The back with the hips. There’s five or so things.
And when the weight goes up and up and up and those start to be more visible with some of those creep in, the technical model is broken.
And then you have two things to do. Firstly, you coach them. You point them out you make them aware that that is happening. And if they cannot execute the movement to the standard that you set which needs to be excellent minimal margin for error. You must lower the weight.
It’s that simple.
Don’t stay on that weight and hope it changes, hope they get it..
A lot of the time it just needs to come down a little bit so they can maintain that technical model.