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If You So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich?

I mistakenly published this on "enthusiasts" initially - my apologies for any inconvenience... IF YOU SO SMART, WHY AIN'T YOU RICH? Not sure where this saying came from, but my mom used to say it to me when I complained about stuff. I had to restrain myself from saying it the other day. I am working in partnership with this iron-man guy - he is doing technical training for swimming and (chi) running, and I take the Spinning® component once per week. One client said "I have to say, I disagree with him (the other trainer) about keeping my heart rate low. It just doesn't make sense. If I train hard I'll compete hard." Well, I stand by my training partner...if you're training for an endurance sport, you need to do the bulk of your training at a lower level...not all - there is room for power - but learning to be efficient is key for long distance performance. But my-o-my did he put up some great arguments about If I can sprint for 3 kilometers, then I can slow down and run10 kilometers, right?...and I don't need all this technique focus, when what I really need is just's a competition for goodness sake. I asked one question to gauge where we are standing: I said "is the event you're training for right now the ONLY event you ever want to do in your life time?" (if yes, then please go our slower route, so you don't get an injury with all your ambition) But since the answer was "no...I want this to be the first of many..." I said that the one thing he is free to do is train as he wants to train and see how it works for him the first time out, but I suggested that he is on the road to injury, fatigue and disappointment because he just can't seem to harness his enthusiasm and goal. I should point out that 4 weeks ago, he was a non-athlete, de-conditioned and overweight. He has dropped a lot of weight on his own diets this past month, though neither I nor the other trainer claim to be nutritionists...we talk about fueling for training, but do not prescribe. He is on a high simply from being 26 and newly married, we think - ripe for dramatic change, but his technique in all three sports is sloppy - as one would expect from a "newbie..." - trainable for sure, but clearly sloppy. He continues to work with us....strongly disagreeing to our approach (because the lead trainer - swim/run - asked me not to do intervals just yet, though they are so tempting, so entertaining and so delicious for our trainees....) We are working on the aerobic base building and good technique in all 3 sports before we build up power, but try as we might, he just thinks we're toying with him...dragging it out, maybe...lenghening the time he'll seek our services even... (sounds like sinister isn't our plan though...honest) I have talked with the other trainer to make sure that we're both delivering the same message to this resistant guy. Does this sound familiar to you? Have you experienced people like this? Do you have ways of getting them on board with your plan? Thanks for any insight - we want to keep him as a client, but sometimes it is tempting to say..."well, go off then, since you know best..." (we won't say that, but the arguments are getting tiresome



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