Congratulations! You have separated yourself from the pack and joined the alpha predator of the strength and development field — you are now an SFG Level I. Your preparation, hard work, fighting spirit, and willingness to set aside your ego and accept coaching brought you across the finish line.
Now, I would like to share five suggestions on how to retain the massive momentum you have built for yourself. These suggestions are based on trying, failing, learning, and overcoming.
Take what you have learned, revisit the fundamentals with a narrow focus and attention to detail to dig deeper until you can take apart and assemble the swing and get-up with your eyes closed. Grip, stance, posture, tension, breathing — go back and learn something in each area that you did not know and implement it into your practice. You will be safer as you move toward developing more strength.
Do not make the mistake of thinking “this is boring,” “I already know this,” “I am not comfortable doing this over and over.” It is not about your comfort. It is about getting stronger. When the strength gains start rolling in, I promise you it will become much more interesting. A mere 5% technique gain in four fundamental components on one movement is going to add up to a huge gain downstream, guaranteed.
Every time I revisit these two movements — the swing and the get-up — and go deeper I become stronger and a better teacher. Which swing? All of them. They are listed in the SFG Manual, and each has a unique lesson to teach.
2. Regularly Use Your SFG Instructor Manual
Your manual is a goldmine of bulletproof information that will make you stronger, carry it with you, teach from it. You will be forced to learn the fundamentals more deeply while delivering results to your students that will keep them coming back.
The programming and specialized workouts for each exercise alone are priceless. Try each of those specialized workouts and see how they affect you. I will purposely glance at it once or twice when I am teaching. If the students even see the manual or see me glance at it for even five seconds, their intensity level automatically goes up.
Referencing the manual will make your students more willing to submit to your coaching. They pick up on the fact that you are teaching material that is an amalgamation of the world elite brought right to them by you, their trusted StrongFirst teacher. You have your own Hammer of Thor, use it.
3. Ask Questions and Act Upon the Response
No one expects you to know it all and be perfect, but you are expected to continuously move forward in your practice. Remember you have the StrongFirst community to support you in your questions. And you don’t necessarily have to understand the coaching for it to work for you. After you put the time in, then your understanding will grow.
- You followed their instructions.
- What your improvement was.
It is good manners to say thank you. Similarly, stay in contact with your team, your Assistant Instructors, and your Team Leader. The lone wolf does not survive. You belong to the strongest pack in the world. Leverage that to your advantage.
Here, you will be fed fundamentally sound advice that will turbocharge your progress. You will stay narrowly focused on the techniques, topics, and knowledge that matter.
5. Have Patience
Skill practice takes time and repetition. While it may feel “slow,” you will actually improve quickly. Why? You are focusing your attention on the 20% that delivers the 80% of the results.
How has the SFG impacted you and your life?
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