Or it might feel like it at first. But by the time your workout ends you will understand that they were just helping.

It is not always an easy pill to swallow if coach says you don’t yet have the requisite strength to do a certain skill, or that you need to scale the weight or even change the movement completely during the workout.

Want to know the dirty little secret? As a coach, it is not always easy delivering those scaling options to the individual who wants to do more, but we know it is necessary. We are there to keep you safe, not to play enabler and then pretend like we didn’t have anything to do with the fact that your *insert body part here* hurts.

We know, we’ve been there. You want to do the weights or the movement on the board. You want to do what your buddy across the room is doing. However, that’s not always the best way for you to reap the intended stimulus – aka more fitness. It also might not be safe considering your skill level, mobility and strength imbalances, or current tweaks you might be working through.

So please, listen to your coach. The next time they suggest you go a little lighter or scale a movement don’t let your ego push back with an “I’ll be fine” because we’ve seen from experience that you probably won’t. The best best case scenario is that coach puts their foot down and you scale the way they said. You might not like them for it, but I’m willing to bet you’ll respect them because of it.

Worst case scenario is you have a cheerleader and not a coach. They roll over and play dead and let you do whatever you want. First worst case scenario, you miss the intended rounds or time, and effectively end up with less fitness progress because of it. Second – and more probable- worst case scenario, you end up injured. Maybe not right away but if you are not checking your ego and your coach isn’t coaching you to do so, you can say with pretty good certainty that you will end up injured over time.

At Ardent Fitness, our goal is to never have you find these things out the hard way. We would rather you be miffed with us for 10 minutes than not able to workout for 10 weeks.

So train hard. But more importantly, train smart.

-Chase Tolleson                                                                                                                                                                                                         CF L2                                                                                                                                                                                                                         USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach                                                                                                                                                                    CrossFit Weightlifting