The 4 Biggest Mistakes I’ve Made in Programming and Coaching

Over the last 20 years of my coaching career, I’ve definitely made every mistake in the book when in terms of writing programs and coaching athletes and clients.

I got serious about coaching way back when I was at Ball State University in 2000, and ever since, I’ve done everything from one-on-one to large group sessions, and worked in every environment from rehab to high performance.

And while I’ve probably committed a hundred mistakes over the years, four of them particularly stand out.

In today’s episode, I share the four biggest mistakes I’ve made in my career as a coach.

I illustrate how focusing too much in one area can negatively impact a program and highlight the role of setting goals when writing a program.

I discuss why coaches need to increase their understanding of conditioning and explain how the fat loss industry has influenced the strength conditioning world.

And I also underscore the importance of finding what makes YOU unique as a coach and illustrate how I developed my coaching philosophy.


When we get too focused on one specific thing – whether it’s strength, flexibility, or mobility – it has a tendency to take over our programming. – El Conquistador, MR


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast: 

  • How I used to use too many resets and correctives in my program
  • The negative impact of focusing too much in one area of a coaching program
  • Why you need to set a goal when writing a program
  • The purpose of resets, correctives, and breathing exercises
  • How I made the mistake of focusing too much on strength training
  • Using strength training to increase force production and desensitize the nervous system
  • How the fat loss industry has influenced the conditioning world
  • Why glycolytic exercises don’t necessarily make great athletes
  • Why you need to understand strength conditioning better
  • The importance of finding your unique coaching philosophy


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Key Points to Remember

  1. Resets and correctives should improve movement quality or movement variability.
  2. Strength training has a point where we can see diminishing returns.
  3. Athletes, rehab clients, and the general population can benefit from a smart conditioning program.
  4. Be authentic to yourself.


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