Further to my post on walking the walk, I’ve just finished a PT session with one of my clients. The last part of the session was a series of 250m sprints on the Concept 2 rower. My client was giving it a very good go and I didn’t really see the need to push her any harder than I was doing. I did, however, fancy joining in (as it my wont, occasionally) so I decided to go “back to back” with her. I’m not a bad rower due to my height (6ft 1) and I’m generally pretty good in the anaerobic zone (see my post on anaerobic training) so I managed to get some decent times.
The unexpected benefit of this bit of fun was that my client learned so much more by watching my technique and my intensity level (me rolling about on the floor after each interval) that, on her last interval, she took 13 seconds off her first interval time. That’s a ridiculous amount of time to take off a 250m row. Although it could be argued that I should have been trying to elicit that response anyway, on this occasion it was a fortuitous result of a wee bit of frivolous trainer-client bonding.
Anyway, to get to the point of this post; if I hadn’t been able to walk the walk and “throw down” (as my Crossfit friends say) with my client, we wouldn’t have seen such dramatic results. As I’ve said before, you don’t have to be a world-beater, or even really good, you just have to be able to demonstrate a level of competence to which the people you’re training or managing can aspire. Would you like a sales manager who couldn’t sell? Would you like an HR manager with no people skills? (I think, from personal experience and anecdote, there are a few of the latter knocking about, though).
In summary – Walk The Walk! Actions Sometimes (not always) Speak Louder Than Words! Be a Role Model! Lead by Example!
Danny Sroda is owner and Lead Trainer at Reach Corporate Fitness for Business.