December 16, 2019

Meathead Meditations

If you are or ever have been one of my private training clients, we will have likely had the following exchange: 

You: ”How many reps to go?”
Me: ”…Two to go.”

And to be perfectly honest there’s a high probability that I wasn’t certain how many were left and ‘two more’ seemed within your reach. 

Don’t get me wrong, I will always have a plan and I do start counting along.

But through the chaos of keeping you between the lines, pushing the borders of your ability, and asking about your family, I can lose track. 

Some coaches say, ”I don’t count reps, I coach them.” 

And to an extent, I agree with this. 

But I’ll add that save for very high-rep sets, if your focus is so peppered that you can’t lift and count your reps then there’s a good chance I’ve picked the wrong move for you. 

I’ll always be right there of course, to shape and cue you into the form we need, but the real art of coaching is not needing to.


Danny James

Danny James is a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer with over ten years of experience working with the fastest track and field youth athletes in the country. He lives in Sydney, Australia with his beautiful wife Fabiana. Sign up for Danny's free newsletter and receive tips, insights and exclusive email-only content.

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